Joyous Weddings Are Breaking Out In Wisconsin

Jim Burroway

June 6th, 2014

Shari Roll (purple) and Renee Currie embrace after becoming the first same-sex couple to marry in Madison, WI.

The AP says:

It wasn’t clear whether Crabb’s 88-page ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin immediately, but Milwaukee and Dane county officials began issuing licenses and officiants were at the clerk’s office ready to go in Dane County. Both counties were keeping clerk’s office open past regular closing hours Friday.

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he will seek an emergency federal court order to stop the marriages in light of clerks going ahead with marriages.

Dane County (Madison) and Milwaukee County will stay open until 9:00 tonight. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele says he will personally pay for the overtime costs associate with keeping his courthouse open. But Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said current law is still in force:

“In light of the decision of some county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, I will be filing emergency motions in the federal courts to stay Judge Crabb’s order,” he wrote. “The United States Supreme Court, after a referral from Justice Sotomayor, stayed a lower court’s decision striking down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. There is no reason to believe the Supreme Court would treat Wisconsin’s ban any differently.”

Matthew Schreck and José Fernando Gutierrez were the first to marry in Milwaukee.

ebohlman

June 6th, 2014

“In light of the decision of some county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, I will be filing emergency motions in the federal courts to stay Judge Crabb’s order,”

Kind of hard to do when she hasn’t yet issued any order. IANAL, but it looks to me that he’s going to have to specifically sue the county clerks involved.

Joseph Singer

June 6th, 2014

I don’t quite get why these upper people in government think that having courts issue these stays is going to stop the momentum of marriage equality. It may mean that things are delayed but the tide has turned.

Daniel Calderon Montiel

June 7th, 2014

Joseph, some of their actions are to save face with their base. I agree that “everyone knows” that this is over, but look at the way social cons are reacting to Corbett. None of these junior to mid grade GOP (I say junior, etc on a national scale) elected officials want to hand a possible future primary opponent ammo by exposing themselves to a “weak on true marriage” charge.

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