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First same-sex couple gets married in Eau Claire County

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The sound of a signature rang as loudly as wedding bells Tuesday in Eau Claire County. History in the making the first wedding for a same sex couple in Eau Claire County happened this afternoon.

At one o'clock Tuesday Eau Claire County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and by 3:30, the first couple was wed.

Erik Thibado and Chris Schlicher released a statement to news 18 today, saying they are ecstatic they're finally able to have their relationship and family recognized legally

Erik says he left work Tuesday, and headed straight for the courthouse, when he was told Eau Claire County was issuing the licenses.

In Dunn County, marriage licenses are also being issued to same-sex couples. The county clerk tells us that one couple is getting married today and another will tie the knot next week.

Dunn and Eau Claire counties have joined dozens across the state issuing licenses to gay couples wishing to marry. According to the associated press, the number of counties granting licenses has now hit 49.

"To me, there's just not a substantial amount of evidence out there to say 'No, it is not unconstitutional,' because Judge Crabb deemed it unconstitutional. She made that blanket statement, so I just don't feel I have an argument against it," said Janet Loomis, Eau Claire County Clerk.

Hundreds of same-sex couples have wed in Wisconsin since Friday, when Judge Barbara Crabb declared the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

There has been confusion across the state because Judge Crabb had not issued an order, directing counties to issue marriage license, or hold off. The judge has said she wants to give both sides a chance to weigh in first. Eau Claire County Clerk Janet Loomis says the local decision was made after talking with the county attorney.

"My corporation councel is supportive of either decision. And some corporation councels have went either way. Ours is saying he could argue it either way from what is being presented at the time," explained Loomis.


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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The first same-sex couple to get married in Eau Claire County has tied the knot in the City of Eau Claire.

Erik Thibado and Chris Schlicher were married Tuesday afternoon.  The couple issued the following statement to WQOW News 18:

"We feel ecstatic that we are finally able to have our relationship and family recognized legally. A civil union is only recognized in its home state, whereas marriages cross state lines and are recognized by the federal government."

In Dunn County, marriage licenses are also being issued to same-sex couples.  The county clerk tells us that one couple got married Tuesday and another will tie the knot next week.  Jackson County says one couple has applied there. The Trempealeau County clerk says two applied Monday and one couple will be married Wednesday.

Among the counties that are not issuing licenses: Barron, Chippewa, St. Croix and Sawyer counties.

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Eau Claire (WQOW) -
Eau Claire County is now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The county clerk announced through email that, "as of 1:00 p.m. June 10, 2014 the Eau Claire County Clerk is issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples."

The county clerk also told WQOW News 18 that one couple planned to be married Tuesday afternoon.

In Dunn County, marriage licenses are also being issued for same-sex couples.  The county clerk there told WQOW News 18 that one couple is getting married Tuesday and another will be married next week.

Eau Claire and Dunn counties have joined dozens in the state that are now issuing gay marriage licenses.  The Associated Press reports that 49 Wisconsin counties are issuing licenses to same-sex couples who want to get married.

Hundreds of same-sex couples have wed in Wisconsin since Friday, when U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb declared the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

There was confusion across the state because Judge Crabb had not issued an order telling officials to issue marriage licenses or hold off. The judge has said she wants to give both sides a chance to weigh in on a proposed order first.
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