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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