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UPDATE: 60 counties now issuing gay marriage licenses

 
 UPDATE: 60 counties now issuing gay marriage licenses
Posted June 13th, 2014 @ 6:40am by Associated Press/1310 WIBA

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Sixty of Wisconsin's 72 counties are now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

An Associated Press survey of the counties Thursday found that all but 12 were issuing the licenses after a federal judge last week struck down the state's ban as unconstitutional. However, the judge created by confusion by not telling state officials how to implement her decision.

The AP tally shows that at least 573 licenses have been issued statewide while 603 applications had been received.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is trying to get last week's ruling put on hold to stop clerks from issuing licenses. Van Hollen said Thursday that those clerks could face charges from local district attorneys for breaking the law by issuing the licenses.

 

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06/12/2014 UPDATE:

55 Wisconsin counties are now issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. Four counties plan to start today. They include: Marathon, Walworth, Waupaca and Walworth counties.  13 counties are not issuing the licenses. They include: Barron, Green Lake, Lafayette, Portage, Price, Oconto, Ozaukee, Racine, Richland, Sawyer, Vernon, Washburn and Washington counties.

 

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Fifty-two Wisconsin counties are now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

A survey of all 72 counties by The Associated Press on Wednesday found that only 20 counties were still denying same-sex couples who wished to get a marriage license after a federal court judge last week struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

The AP survey found that 483 licenses had been issued statewide as of midday Wednesday. About 76 percent of those, or 368, were issued in Dane and Milwaukee counties.

The state Vital Records Office started processing the licenses on Wednesday, after it had kept them on hold pending legal advice from the attorney general.

This could be a narrow window for couples to get licenses, as the ruling striking the ban could be put on hold.

 

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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.

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Two-thirds of the counties in Wisconsin are issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

Dane County Clerk Scott Mc Donell says "the attorney general can't tell him what to do, but a judge can and if there is something that comes from a judge telling him to stop issuing licenses, that's what he will do."

As of Monday, county clerk offices in 46 of the state's 72 counties were issuing licenses. A couple in the area that are not: Lafayette and Walworth counties.

Many county clerks also are waiving the state's five-day waiting period so couples can marry in what may be a short window before ceremonies are halted by a court order.

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