NEW INFORMATION: Wisconsin county to refund marriage license fee

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
Appleton-area couples who applied for marriage licenses but didn

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APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Appleton-area couples who applied for marriage licenses but didn't receive them before a federal judge halted same-sex weddings will receive full refunds of their application fees.

The Outagamie County clerk's office initially said it would refund $55 that would have gone to the state but keep its $45 share of the $100 application fee. But the county executive's office now says Executive Thomas Nelson will refund the $45 from his budget.

Many county clerks waived Wisconsin's five-day waiting period for marriage licenses so same-sex couples could marry quickly after a federal judge declared the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

Outagamie County Clerk Lori O'Bright did not waive the waiting period in most cases, so some couples who were waiting for licenses when the judge halted ceremonies on Friday sought refunds.
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APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Some same-sex couples who applied for a marriage license in Outagamie County want a refund of the application fee now that a federal judge has made an initial ruling on a legal challenge of Wisconsin's ban on gay unions.

WLUK-TV reports Arti and Josh Alan are among 26 couples who paid the $100 application fee but had to wait five days in Outagamie County before getting married. Many other counties waived the waiting period, allowing more than 500 same-sex couples to marry.

The clerk's office told about 6 couples Monday that only the state's portion of the fee, or $55, would be refunded.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb on June 6 ordered county clerks to stop enforcing the state's gay marriage ban, but she put that ruling on hold Friday while an appeal from Wisconsin's Republican attorney general is pending.


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