Edge Boston reports:
Clerks in several counties said they would not issue licenses until they have received directions from the Wisconsin Vital Records Office, which keeps marriage records. Jennifer Miller, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health Services, which oversees vital statistics, said it would not issue any guidance until it received directions from Van Hollen. Brown County Deputy Clerk Justin Schmit said he turned away about 15 couples in Green Bay on Monday morning, and an employee in the Racine County clerk’s office said she had too.
The judge is not helping.
The Wire reports:
On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb issued a ruling against Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban. Since then, clerks and couples across the state have struggled to interpret her judgement — specifically, whether the ruling allowed for same-sex marriages to begin immediately in the state. That means that for the past two days some counties have issued licenses, while others have declined to do so. On Monday, Crabb addressed the confusion by, well, not clearing up very much at all. Crabb did not issue a stay, meaning same-sex marriages may continue in Wisconsin. However, she also let everyone know that her order was never intended to allow same-sex marriage to begin immediately.
US Representative Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) is slamming the state Attorney General for appealing the marriage equality ruling.
The Attorney General’s decision to appeal the ruling that struck down Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage is a regressive and blatantly political attempt to revive a hateful and discriminatory law which violates the ideals of liberty and equality in our Constitution. Society has changed, barriers to equality continue to be broken down; it’s too bad our Attorney General is still living in a more hateful day.
Now we wait on the Seventh Circuit.