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Since Judge Crabbs original ruling last week.
county clerks acrosse the state of Wisconsin have
been issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
including La Crosse County.
But now they could face penalties.
News 8's Brittany Schmidt joins us now with the details....
County clerks were not given a lot of direction as
to whether or not to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
Sixty of Wisconsin's 72 counties decided to go ahead
and issue the licenses...
but now Wisconsin's Attorney General is saying they
broke the law by doing so...and could face charges.
Since Monday, the La Crosse County Clerks office has
received 7 marriage applications from same-sex couples.
There's a mandatory 5 day waiting period.
Last Friday, a federal judge ruled the 2006 voter
approved ban on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin is
We asked several, the state office, attorney general,
several people to give us guidance on what we should
But Ginny says she never received any clarification.
Each county clerk was in essence left to their own
to determine what that ruling meant.
I spent friday night emailing and texting a few other
The couples that come in here, they have been waiting
10-20 years for this right.
However, now Wisconsin's Attorney General is saying
county clerks could face penalties for issuing the
But Ginny doesn't seem too concerned.
I'm pretty sure our district attorneys have more important
things to do than charge county clerks with issuing
same-sex marriage licenses.
The Jackson County District Attorney agrees.
He declined to comment.
but released statements saying:
My focus in this office is to try to protect the community
in terms of safety....I am very busy trying to lock
up violent offenders so this is way down the list
of things I worry about on a daily basis.
Based on Judge Crabb's ruling, my county clerk does
not face prosecution if she decides to issue licenses.
Ginny says she did the best she could...given the
cirumstances of the situation.
We were kind of left in the dark and had to make a
Van Hollen sent out a letter to the district attorney's
clarifying that he is not encouraging anyone to file
charges, just that it is a legal option.
A marriage application in La Crosse County is only
good for thirty days.