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County Clerk Czarnezki Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki announced that his will office will immediately begin accepting marriage license applications

By - Jun 6th, 2014 05:23 pm

Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki announced that his will office will immediately begin accepting marriage license applications from same sex couples in the wake of U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb’s ruling that Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

As a party to the law suit before Judge Crabb, County Clerk Czarnezki asked the Federal District Court to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

“I am honored to participate in this historic milestone in the fight for marriage equality by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples,” Czarnezki said.

County Clerk Czarnezki also announced that his office will have extended hours to serve all couples applying for marriage licenses. “These couples have been waited long enough for their unions recognized with a legal marriage license and ceremony. I won’t make them wait any longer,” Czarnezki said.

The County Clerk’s office will be open until 9:00 PM on Friday, June 6 and from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 7. Regular office hours of 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM will resume on Monday, June 9. The County Clerk’s office is located in the Milwaukee County Courthouse, 901 N. 9th Street, Room 105.

All couples applying for a marriage license must:

  • Apply together, in person
  • Bring in a certified copy of his or her birth certificate
  • One person must show proof of residency within Milwaukee
  • If either individual was previously married, a copy of the final judgment of divorce, legal annulment or certified death certificate must be shown. In Wisconsin it is unlawful for any person to marry until 6 months after the date of the granting of a divorce.
  • Provide the name, address and phone number of the wedding officiant

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