UPDATE: 42 Wis. Counties Issuing Marriage Licenses

By: WSAW Staff/ Associated Press
By: WSAW Staff/ Associated Press

Waupaca County Clerk Mary Robbins tells NewsChannel she has issued a marriage license for a same sex couple Monday morning. Robbins says just like any other couple, there will be a five day waiting period. She also said she warned the couple there is a chance the license could be invalid if the ruling is overturned.

The Langlade County Clerk says they've also issued a license to one couple.

Dozens of gay couples got married at courthouses in Milwaukee and Madison Friday and Saturday, taking advantage of what may be a small window before Friday's ruling is possibly overturned.

According to the Associated Press the following counties are issuing marriage licenses:

1.Adams
2.Ashland
3.Bayfield
4.Brown
5.Buffalo
6.Burnett
7.Clark
8.Columbia
9.Crawford
10.Dane
11.Dodge
12.Door
13.Douglas
14.Florence
15.Fond du Lac
16.Forest
17.Green
18.Iowa
19.Iron
20.Jackson
21.Jefferson
22.Juneau
23.Kenosha
24.La Crosse
25.Langlade
26.Lincoln
27.Manitowoc
28.Milwaukee
29.Monroe
30.Oneida
31.Pepin
32.Pierce
33.Polk
34.Rock
35.Rusk
36.Sauk
37.Sawyer
38.Sheboygan
39.Taylor
40.Vilas
41.Waukesha
42.Wood

The clerks of Marathon, Portage, and Wood counties said they are waiting to hear from state officials after a Federal judge ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

Wood County Clerk, Cindy Cepress say she's received one call about the process and said she will issue a license to that couple but is waiting to hear from the Corporation Council. Cypress said the process is in limbo as the current documentation says only 'man' and 'woman'-- making identifying the bride and groom difficult.. The change to the certificate will need to come from the state Bureau of Vital Records.

Marathon County Clerk, Nan Kottke and Portage County Clerk, Shirley Simonis both said they've received calls, but at this time are not issuing same sex marriage certificates.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb's Friday decision declaring Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional has confused some county clerks because she did not order counties to begin issuing licenses.

Instead, Crabb asked the ACLU to tell her exactly what it wanted her to block in the gay marriage law. Crabb said Monday she'll schedule a hearing once the ACLU responds.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has appealed Crabb's decision to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Associated Press contributed to this article


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