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Winnebago County now issuing same-sex marriage licenses

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The scene at the Winnebago County Clerk's Office in Oshkosh, June 11, 2014, after the clerk decided to accept applications for marriage licenses from same-sex couples. (Photo from: FOX 11).
The scene at the Winnebago County Clerk's Office in Oshkosh, June 11, 2014, after the clerk decided to accept applications for marriage licenses from same-sex couples. (Photo from: FOX 11).

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - After initially refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Winnebago County decided to reverse course on Wednesday.

Winnebago County Clerk Sue Ertmer said after meeting with the county's lawyer, she wrote in a note posted at her office, "after much thought and discussion in relationship to this issue, I believe it is unfair to same-sex couples within Winnebago County to continue to refuse to issue marriage licenses to them based upon a state constitutional provision that a federal judge has declared unconstitutional and in the absence of any court order staying that decision or enjoining the office from issuing marriage licenses."

Ertmer said on Tuesday that they were waiting for clarification from the state.

After licenses were issued, same-sex couples getting licenses were able to marry at the Winnebago County courthouse.

(Additional reporting by FOX 11).

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