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CHAPEL OF LOVE: Same-sex couples book Aug. 1 weddings

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When the calendar rolls into August, same-sex couples will be able to tie the knot in Minnesota -- and the Chapel of Love at the Mall of America already has a handful of bookings.

While some communities of faith have already pledged to honor same-sex marriages, others have not. That leaves some couples looking for a faith-based ceremony facing a challenge. That's where the Chapel of Love comes in.

FOX 9 News spoke with Patricia Glass-Wilcox, owner of the Mall of America's Chapel of Love, about what she's seen ahead of the historic day.

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Q: Are there a lot of same-sex weddings being booked at the Chapel of Love?

A: Actually, we were really surprised -- no. I think there are five or six on the books right now. I've actually talked to several of my officiants as well, and they aren't seeing a lot of them either.

Q: When you do get questions about this though, what are some of the biggest questions the same-sex couples come to you with about their big day?

A: One of the things that we first get -- and this really shocked me -- was, people are asking if we feel obligated to do the weddings or if we want to do the weddings. Hands down, we want to do them.

Q: Why do you think it is that you haven't gotten so many calls or so many weddings set up?

A: We've gotten a lot of calls, I will say that, which has been nice, but I think we aren't setting a lot up. I found out the other day, we had a heterosexual couple come in and try to book a wedding with us -- they told us that courthouses were booked solid. We were shocked. I understand, though, having talked to a few couples as to why that is. They aren't comfortable. They don't know who to call.

Q: Clearly, not everybody can go to the courthouses. So, tell us about what you offer at the Chapel of Love, because you can either be faith-based or not, right?

A: Correct. Yes, we do Christian, spiritual and civil ceremonies. Basically, they're a traditional ceremony, just like you'd see in any church. But again, if you aren't faith-based, you can do a civil ceremony. We have many officiants that are doing all of our ceremonies right now.

The Chapel of Love will perform its first same-sex marriage the minute it becomes legal in the state. Their 50 guests will be welcomed at midnight. Watch the video to hear what the festivities will entail.

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