County Clerk Czarnezki Calls on State to Implement Same Sex Marriage License Changes
Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki urged Governor Walker’s administration to update marriage license forms to reflect the fact that same sex couples are allowed to marry in Wisconsin.
Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki urged Governor Scott Walker’s administration to immediately update state marriage license forms to reflect the fact that same sex couples are allowed to marry in Wisconsin. “I am receiving complaints from couples who want to be treated fairly under the law,” Czarnezki said.
Czarnezki explained that county clerks throughout the state have received no guidance from the state on same sex marriage and that the current state forms are no longer appropriate.
“The forms are not gender neutral. These are simple fixes for the state, but there’s no sense of urgency from the Walker administration,” lamented Czarnezki.
The right for same sex couples to be married was recognized by a federal judge in Madison in June of this year and was upheld by a federal appeals court in Chicago. The U.S. Supreme Court announced October 6 that it would not entertain appeals from Wisconsin and four other states seeking to preserve their same-sex marriage ban.
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