SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) - Sheboygan County will accept marriage license applications from same sex couples. County Clerk Jon Dolson said this decision comes after receiving guidance from the county’s corporate council. Sheboygan County joins several counties across the state Monday in accepting applications following just Dane and Milwaukee counties accepting them over the weekend. As of late Monday morning, Dolson said two couples had come into his office asking for marriage license forms, but neither was accepted at that time
For those couples applying there are some steps necessary to fill out the license form:
1) The couple must have a date for a ceremony and a judge/officiant lined up when applying. Dolson said he personally has not heard of any such person willing to do such a ceremony in Sheboygan County.
2) Due to no update of forms for this situation, a couple must choose who will be the "bride" and the "groom" for the form’s purposes.
Earlier, it was believed those couples who do have a domestic partnership recognized by the state would have to terminate it and wait 90 days before they could get a marriage license. Dolson said a further review showed this does not apply since the waiting period only affects those moving from one domestic partnership to another.
All this could be temporary if a hold of Friday’s ruling from Judge Barbara Crabb is allowed as the state proceeds with appealing the ruling. That ruling will not be coming until next week as she gets more information on the stay request.