MILWAUKEE — The latest count by The Associated Press shows clerks in 48 Wisconsin counties are issuing licenses to same-sex couples who want to get married. Hundreds of same-sex couples have wed in Wisconsin since Friday, when U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb declared the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.
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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.
MILWAUKEE — The latest count by The Associated Press shows clerks in 48 Wisconsin counties are issuing licenses to same-sex couples who want to get married.
Twenty-four of the state’s 72 county clerks’ offices say they are not issuing licenses.
A few counties who had not been accepting applications for licenses started doing so late Monday after a federal judge did not order a halt to the issuing of licenses
Hundreds of same-sex couples have wed in Wisconsin since Friday, when U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb declared the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.
Some county clerks say they are still in limbo because Crabb did not order a stop to the issuing of licenses, but she also didn’t order anyone to issue them.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett will not be appealing Tuesday’s ruling bringing marriage equality to the Keystone State.
Judge John E. Jones III decided Tuesday that the statutory ban violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution.
“I have thoroughly reviewed Judge Jones’ opinion in the Whitewood case,” Corbett said in a statement Wednesday. “Given the high legal threshold set forth by Judge Jones in this case, the case is extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal. Therefore, after review of the opinion and on the advice of my Commonwealth legal team, I have decided not to appeal Judge Jones’ decision.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act has made marriage equality the law of the land. No legal challenge to a state’s marriage inequality has failed since that ruling was handed down. Not one.
I rarely have anything good to say about Tom Corbett — in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever said anything good about him — but the people of Pennsylvania can be happy he didn’t decide to pour money down a rathole with an appeal. The only reason anyone would do that would be to pander to the GOP’s homophobic base. To my surprise, Corbett wasn’t willing to do that.