Monday, June 9, 2014

6-10-14 fdl county has first marriage application for gay couple

Fond du lac County Clerk Lisa Freiberg says Fond du Lac County is accepting applications for marriage licenses to gay couples.  "Yes, same sex couples would be able to apply for the marriage license,"  Freiberg told WFDL news.  "That money is non-refundable, that $100 cash.  So if something were to happen between now and the five days (waiting period) there is not much I can do, that money would be forfeited to the county."  Freiberg says one same sex couple has applied for a marriage license in Fond du Lac County.  Clerks in Appleton and Green Bay began accepting applications for licenses late Monday morning.   Couples have been going to county clerks' offices throughout Wisconsin seeking marriage licenses since a federal judge declared the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional on Friday.  Brown County Clerk Sandy Juno says she hoped for advice from the Wisconsin Vital Records Office, which keeps marriage records. But she says after she couldn't reach anyone at the office she decided to issue licenses to about 10 couples.  The Outagamie County clerk is accepting license applications after nearly 100 people refused to leave without them.

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