A Minnesota court has agreed to preserve marriage records of former spouses of former Minnesota lawmakers.
The ruling came Monday after a two-year legal battle between the Minnesota Marriage Equality Campaign and the state attorney general.
The plaintiffs argued that the state shouldn’t have to preserve the records of the former lawmakers because they have been separated for nearly 50 years.
The state attorney, Mark Brugh, argued in court papers that the records were exempt from the public records law.
The judge agreed to hear the case in the spring and scheduled a hearing for Feb. 11.
Minnesota is the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry after the Supreme Court legalized same-year marriages nationwide in June 2016.
Minnesota has a population of more than 12.5 million people and has a marriage-related history dating back to the 19th century.
A handful of other states, including Colorado and Washington, allow same sex couples to wed.
In Minnesota, the court decided that the Minnesota Constitution and laws banning same-gender marriage do not exempt former spouses from the law.
The marriage-equality advocates say they plan to appeal the decision to the Minnesota Supreme Court, which will take up the case.