Wisconsin will process gay marriage licenses

Berri West, left, kisses her new spouse Lisa West, right, after they were married Monday, June 9, 2014, in Green Bay, after the Brown County Clerk's office began issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.
Berri West, left, kisses her new spouse Lisa West, right, after they were married Monday, June 9, 2014, in Green Bay, after the Brown County Clerk's office began issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jim Matthews)

MADISON (AP) – The Wisconsin Office of Vital Records is now processing same-sex marriage licenses issued across the state, even as the attorney general continues to fight the court ruling that led to the marriages.

The office had been holding the licenses that are issued by county clerks, awaiting further guidance from Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen following Friday’s federal court ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriages.

Jocelyn Webster, a spokeswoman for Gov. Scott Walker, said Wednesday that after discussing the issue with Van Hollen’s office, the decision was made to process the licenses.

Webster says, “It’s incumbent upon them to fulfill their administrative duties and that’s what they’re going to do in this case.”

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