Wis. Gay Couples: Refund Marriage License Application Fee

Monday Jun 16, 2014

Some same-sex couples who applied for a marriage license in Outagamie County want a refund of the application fee now that a federal judge has made an initial ruling on a legal challenge of Wisconsin's ban on gay unions.

WLUK-TV reports Arti and Josh Alan are among 26 couples who paid the $100 application fee but had to wait five days in Outagamie County before getting married. Many other counties waived the waiting period, allowing more than 500 same-sex couples to marry.

The clerk's office told about 6 couples Monday that only the state's portion of the fee, or $55, would be refunded.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb on June 6 ordered county clerks to stop enforcing the state's gay marriage ban, but she put that ruling on hold Friday while an appeal from Wisconsin's Republican attorney general is pending.

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  • , 2014-06-16 15:27:33

    Soo... Where is the rest if the story? Who is keeping the other $45 dollars if not the state?

  • , 2014-06-17 12:30:09

    That would probably be the local county government. In my opinion it should be refunded also, since it was the clerk who decided not to waive the 5-day period even though she knew it was time sensitive and that they probably would not be able to get married before a stay.

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