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AG: Clerks Could Face Charges over Gay Licenses

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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 555 licenses have been issued statewide while 604 applications had been received.

The only counties not issuing licenses are:
Barron
Green Lake
Lafayette
Ozaukee
Portage
Price
Racine
Richland
Sawyer
Vernon
Washburn
Washington

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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