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50 Wisconsin counties issuing same-sex marriage licenses

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Gay marriage is no longer a red versus blue issue.

We're seeing new evidence of that, as counties decide for themselves whether to issue same-sex marriage licenses.  

50 counties have gone against a directive by Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to keep enforcing the state's ban on gay marriage -- even though Federal Judge Barbara Crabb ruled it unconstitutional last Friday.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says 27 of the 36 counties carried by Democratic President Barack Obama in 2012 are now allowing same-sex marriages -- and so are 23 of the 36 counties that went with Republican Mitt Romney.

At first, the aftermath of the Crabb decision appeared to follow party lines, as the heavily-Democratic counties of Milwaukee and Dane were the first to issue marriage licenses to gay couples starting late Friday. Other counties followed suit on Monday.  

A third of them are still holding back to either get more guidance from state officials, or to see how Judge Crabb handles the case as it moves forward. She and a federal appeals court are deciding whether to put her Friday decision on hold while it's being challenged in the higher courts.  

59 percent of state voters approved the state constitutional gay marriage ban in 2006. But a recent Marquette poll shows that 55 percent of registered voters now believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, while 37 percent said no.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)