NEW INFORMATION: Wisconsin clerks reverse on gay marriage licenses

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Some Wisconsin county clerks who initially said they would not issue marriage licenses to gay couples are doing so after couples insisted they would not be turned away.

Clerks in Appleton and Green Bay began accepting applications for licenses late Monday morning.

Couples have been going to county clerks' offices throughout Wisconsin seeking marriage licenses since a federal judge declared the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional on Friday.

Brown County Clerk Sandy Juno says she hoped for advice from the Wisconsin Vital Records Office, which keeps marriage records. But she says after she couldn't reach anyone at the office she decided to issue licenses to about 10 couples.

The Outagamie County clerk is accepting license applications after nearly 100 people refused to leave without them.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) --Some same-sex couples have arrived at the Outagamie County clerk's office hoping to apply for a marriage license.

But, Clerk Lori O'Bright told the couples Monday morning that she's waiting for some direction from the state before she'll issue gay marriage licenses. WLUK-TV reports Joshua and Artie Alan showed up early Monday to apply for a license at the courthouse in Appleton. Artie Alan says if it doesn't happy Monday, he's confident it will happen in the near future.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is expected to petition a federal appeals court Monday to stop county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. He made a similar request of U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb on Friday after she overturned the state's same-sex marriage ban.

Dozens of gay couples married Friday and Saturday at courthouses in Milwaukee and Madison.


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