Clerk: Party doesn’t play into license decision

File photo. (MGN)
File photo. (MGN)

MADISON (AP) – A central Wisconsin clerk says her affiliation with the Republican Party has nothing to do with her decision not to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb declared Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional last week but offered county clerks no direction. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen argues the ban is still in place since Crabb didn’t issue a clear order halting enforcement.

Forty-five of Wisconsin’s 72 county clerks are issuing licenses anyway. Waushara County is one of the 27 counties not issuing.

Clerk Melanie Stake is a Republican, but she says that’s got nothing to do it. She says she’s not a lawyer and Crabb offered no clear direction. So she’s simply going by what Van Hollen said since he’s the state’s top attorney.

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