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49 Wisconsin counties now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

49 Wisconsin counties now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples
Same-sex couples and their supporters take a
Same-sex couples and their supporters take a “selfie” photo at the Outagamie County Clerk marriage license office on Monday, June 9, 2014 in Appleton, Wis. Wm. Glasheen, /The Post-Crescent (AP)

Updated: 3:30 p.m. CDT

MILWAUKEE — The number of Wisconsin counties issuing licenses to same-sex couples who want to get married is up to 49.

Shawano County Clerk Rosemary Rueckert and Eau Claire County Clerk Janet Loomis said Tuesday that their offices are now accepting applications for licenses.

At nearly the same time, an employee in the Sawyer County clerk’s office said the clerk there had decided to wait until there was more definite direction from the state.

County clerks have been struggling to decide what to do after a federal judge declared the state’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional but did not tell the state how to implement her decision.

Some clerks have been issuing licenses, while others say they will wait for more definite guidance.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the 49 counties issuing
marriage licenses to same-sex couples are:

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Adams, Ashland, Bayfield, Brown, Buffalo, Burnett, Calumet, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Door, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Florence, Fond du Lac, Forest, Grant, Green, Iowa, Iron, Jackson, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, La Crosse, Langlade, Lincoln, Manitowoc, Marquette, Milwaukee, Monroe, Oneida, Outagamie, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rock, Rusk, Sauk, Shawano, Sheboygan, Taylor, Trempealeau, Vilas, Waukesha, and Wood.

Counties that are that are not issuing licenses to same-sex couples:

Barron, Chippewa, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Lafayette, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Ozaukee, Portage, Price, Racine, Richland, St. Croix, Sawyer, Vernon, Walworth, Washburn, Washington, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.

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