Counties issuing same sex marriage licenses up to 49

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — A canvass by The Associated Press found 49 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties were issuing licenses for gay couples to marry as of Tuesday afternoon. Some are also waiving the five-day waiting period for people to get a license. Here’s a breakdown of which counties are issuing licenses and which are not:

Counties issuing licenses:

Adams

Ashland

Bayfield

Brown

Buffalo

Burnett

Calumet

Clark

Columbia

Crawford

Dane

Dodge

Door

Douglas

Dunn

Eau Claire

Florence

Fond du Lac

Forest

Grant

Green

Iowa

Iron

Jackson

Jefferson

Juneau

Kenosha

La Crosse

Langlade

Lincoln

Manitowoc

Marquette

Milwaukee

Monroe

Oneida

Outagamie

Pepin

Pierce

Polk

Rock

Rusk

Sauk

Shawano

Sheboygan

Taylor

Trempealeau

Vilas

Waukesha

Wood

Counties that are not issuing licenses:

Barron

Chippewa

Green Lake

Kewaunee

Lafayette

Marathon

Marinette

Menominee

Oconto

Ozaukee

Portage

Price

Racine

Richland

St. Croix

Sawyer

Vernon

Walworth

Washburn

Washington

Waupaca

Waushara

Winnebago

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — 2:26 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The number of Wisconsin counties issuing licenses to same-sex couples who want to get married is up to 49.

Shawano County Clerk Rosemary Rueckert and Eau Claire County Clerk Janet Loomis said Tuesday that their offices are now accepting applications for licenses.

At nearly the same time, an employee in the Sawyer County clerk’s office said the clerk there had decided to wait until there was more definite direction from the state.

County clerks have been struggling to decide what to do after a federal judge declared the state’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional but did not tell the state how to implement her decision. Some clerks have been issuing licenses, while others say they will wait for more definite guidance.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — 2:04 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The latest count by The Associated Press shows clerks in 47 Wisconsin counties will issue licenses to same-sex couples who want to get married.

An earlier count pegged the number at 48, but an employee in the Sawyer County clerk’s office said Tuesday that the clerk there had decided to wait until there was more definite direction from the state.

Hundreds of same-sex couples have wed in Wisconsin since Friday, when U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb declared the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

But Crabb also has caused confusion the state by not issuing an order telling officials to issue marriage licenses or hold off. The judge has said she wants to give both sides a chance to weigh in on a proposed order first.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — 12:55 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The latest count by The Associated Press shows clerks in 48 Wisconsin counties are issuing licenses to same-sex couples who want to get married.

Twenty-four of the state’s 72 county clerks’ offices say they are not issuing licenses.

A few counties who had not been accepting applications for licenses started doing so late Monday after a federal judge did not order a halt to the issuing of licenses

Hundreds of same-sex couples have wed in Wisconsin since Friday, when U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb declared the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

Some county clerks say they are still in limbo because Crabb did not order a stop to the issuing of licenses, but she also didn’t order anyone to issue them.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — 11:08 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The latest count by The Associated Press shows clerks in 45 Wisconsin counties are issuing licenses to same-sex couples who want to get married.

Twenty-seven of the state’s 72 county clerks’ offices say they are not issuing licenses.

Hundreds of same-sex couples have wed in Wisconsin since Friday, when a federal judge declared the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb hasn’t told counties whether or not they should issue licenses. But some county clerks have chosen to do so on their own.

Others say they are waiting for an order from the court or state.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A central Wisconsin clerk says her affiliation with the Republican Party has nothing to do with her decision not to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb declared Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional last week but offered county clerks no direction. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen argues the ban is still in place since Crabb didn’t issue a clear order halting enforcement.

Forty-five of Wisconsin’s 72 county clerks are issuing licenses anyway. Waushara County is one of the 27 counties not issuing.

Clerk Melanie Stake is a Republican, but she says that’s got nothing to do it. She says she’s not a lawyer and Crabb offered no clear direction. So she’s simply going by what Van Hollen said since he’s the state’s top attorney.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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POSTED Monday, June 9– 6:00 p.m.

Gay couples are continuing to marry but under confusion among county clerks.

Many county clerks said they haven’t had any guidance, but couples are jumping at the window of opportunity. Hundreds made their relationship official since Friday, more than 160 in Dane County.

Many clerks around the state said this has put them in a difficult situation without any official order to grant these licenses.

But because they haven’t been told they can’t issue them, many of them are honoring couple’s requests.

The concern surrounds Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen appeal to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court.

Clerks warn couples beforehand that future rulings may impact their license.

But for couples like Joanne Holland and Margie Rosenberg who’ve been together for 18 years, they’re confident their marriage is now in the books.

“I’m not concerned our license won’t be valid, that our marriage is invalid. I am concerned there may be interruption on a go forward basis; hence we took action today,” said Holland.

Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell said the state should be issuing guidance, but he calls this a use of bureaucracy to slow things down and says he will continue issuing licenses until Judge Crabb says he can’t.

“The attorney general can’t tell me what to do, but a judge can tell me what to do. And if there is something that comes from a judge that tells me to stop, that’s exactly what we’ll do,” said McDonnell.

It’s still pretty split among county clerks– 41 of the state’s 72 counties are issuing licenses, while others are still holding out on an official order from the state.

There is a five day waiting period after a license is issued, which is typical among any marriage. Some county clerks are waiving this five day period, while others are not.


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