John M. Becker

WI AG Scrambles for Stay as Dozens of Couples Marry

Filed By John M. Becker | June 09, 2014 1:45 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Barbara Crabb, gay marriage, marriage discrimimation, marriage equality, marriage license, same-sex marriage, Wisconsin

wisconsin-counties.pngSame-sex couples in counties across Wisconsin are flocking to clerk's offices and courthouses today, the first business day after U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb struck down the state's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional.

Approximately 283 same-sex couples received licenses and married over the weekend in Milwaukee and Madison after officials in Dane and Milwaukee counties extended hours on Friday and Saturday and waived the waiting period required by state law.

This morning it looked like only three or four counties -- Dane, Kenosha, Milwaukee, and Rock -- would be issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as officials in Brown County (Green Bay), Outagamie County (Appleton), Fond du Lac County, and others initially said they would not do so until they received further guidance from the state.

But clerks in several counties relented and began issuing licenses by mid-morning. Some, including Brown and Waukesha counties, are waiving the waiting period -- meaning that same-sex marriages are happening at this very moment -- while others like Door, Fond du Lac, and Outagamie are not. Couples there will have to wait the requisite number of days after obtaining a license before they are able to marry.

Dozens and dozens of couples are obtaining marriage licenses and marrying immediately wherever it's being permitted. Dane and Milwaukee Counties reportedly experienced a rush this morning as well.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the following fifteen counties are currently granting same-sex marriage licenses: Brown, Buffalo, Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Door, Douglas, Fond du Lac, Green, Jackson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Rock, and Waukesha. A marriage license has also reportedly been issued to a same-sex couple in Juneau County as well.

For many Wisconsin couples who dropped everything to get married this morning, it's a race against the clock: as we reported here at Bilerico, Wisconsin's far-right Republican attorney general, J.B. Van Hollen, has requested that Judge Crabb issue an emergency stay on her ruling to stop further same-sex marriages from taking place while the state appeals the case. Judge Crabb has scheduled a hearing on that request that will begin at 1:00 Central Time, approximately 15 minutes from now.

Van Hollen also went over Crabb's head and filed another "emergency motion for a temporary immediate stay" of her ruling, this time with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Stay tuned -- we'll keep you posted on this breaking story.

Van Hollen's appeal with the Seventh Circuit is after the jump, via Equality Case Files.

3:14-cv-00064 #121 by Equality Case Files


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