ST. PAUL (AP) - Minnesota will allow sex offenders in the state's high-security treatment program to marry each other.

Deputy State Human Services Commissioner Anne Barry made that announcement Monday.

Barry oversees the sex offender program. She says the department does not intend to interfere with the rights of couples in the program to marry one another.

Three pairs of men in treatment at the state facility in Moose Lake are seeking marriage licenses following the change in Minnesota law Aug. 1 that allows same-sex couples to marry.

The program houses more than 600 offenders considered too risky and dangerous to live in the community.