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Some clerks deny Wisconsin gay couples licenses

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 9, 2014 at 11:05 a.m.

MILWAUKEE — Gay couples seeking marriage licenses were turned away in some Wisconsin counties Monday, with clerks waiting for guidance from the courts or state government before accepting applications.

Hundreds of couples married over the weekend in Milwaukee and Madison after a federal judge declared Wisconsin's ban on gay marriages unconstitutional. County clerks in the state's two largest cities extended office hours to allow couples to take advantage of what most believe will be a narrow window before the judge's decision is put on hold.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb has scheduled a 1 p.m. hearing on Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's request for an emergency stay to keep more licenses from being issued. Van Hollen also has appealed Crabb's decision to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and asked it for a stay.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Popsmith says... June 9, 2014 at 11:41 a.m.

When is someone going to step up and announce that there is something categorically wrong with homosexuality and that it does not need to be glorified.

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3rdWorldState says... June 9, 2014 at 11:58 a.m.

I know right?!?!? When will someone finally start talking about how bad homosexuality is for America! If there were just one brave soul...

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hah406 says... June 9, 2014 at 12:09 p.m.

I will be the brave soul...and tell both of you that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality. Have never met a person who "chose" to be gay. Have also never met a person who "chose" to be straight. No one picks. They just know. It is an inborn part of their character. And we have way bigger problems in America than worrying about what gay people do or do not do.

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RonalFos says... June 9, 2014 at 1:55 p.m.

So do you guys pick on people who were born blind or deaf too? Picking on gays is the same thing like it or not.

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djigoo says... June 9, 2014 at 2:27 p.m.

Granting equality isn't "glorifying" anything, Popsmith.

Enjoy your place on the wrong side of history!

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ThinkFree says... June 9, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.

We're just so much smarter now than we were 15 years ago, or 50 years ago, or 150 years ago, or 500 years ago, or 1500 years ago, or 4500 years ago.... :D
Agree that the state has no place in this discussion. In the end, this is between the individual and God. Sooner or later we'll all be accountable for our actions and in some cases, lack of action.
I oppose redefinition of the word marriage and, since the state believes it must intervene, perfer the term Civil Union. I believe the Bible is the word of God, so I don't call sin good, but also believe Christians are here to love people, not call them names and exclude them. I'm pretty sure that Christ's desire was to bring all people to himself in love. All people.

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FreeSpiritMan says... June 9, 2014 at 3:06 p.m.

Pop is wrong as is the far religious right on this matter.

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Pobucker says... June 9, 2014 at 3:54 p.m.

Nobody would give a rip if gays got married if there weren't special privileges accrued to marrieds. Civil Union/Marriage, what's the difference, thinker man? Special privilege accrues to both, right? I was MARRIED in a completely secular ceremony. Nothing religious at all. What's the difference between that and a civil union?
What is upsetting so many? Is it that gays are finally getting some of that special privilege, previously reserved for exclusively straight marriages? Is it the "Baker's Fear", that you will be forced to participate in some activity with a homosexual context, even against your strongest convictions, secular or religious? Is it religious fundamentalism, with those who hold strong religious convictions attempting to force those convictions upon the community at large? (Baptists and alcohol comes to mind)
None of these would seem to be deal breakers for homosexual marriage under the constitution. Even the baker out in Colorado who was smacked down (amongst much freudenschade) for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual wedding is smiling right now. He just stopped making wedding cakes and the publicity has increased his bread and birthday cakes sales to more than compensate the loss. He even still bakes "private" wedding cakes using church facilities. Slight adjustment, he is free in conscience and in law.

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djigoo says... June 9, 2014 at 4:26 p.m.


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Pobucker says... June 9, 2014 at 4:36 p.m.

Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.
Joy From Damage = Freudenschade

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