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UPDATE: 52 counties now issuing gay marriage licenses

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Fifty-two Wisconsin counties are now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
   A survey of all 72 counties by The Associated Press on Wednesday found that only 20 counties were still denying same-sex couples who wished to get a marriage license after a federal court judge last week struck down the state's gay marriage ban.
   The AP survey found that 483 licenses had been issued statewide as of midday Wednesday. Nearly 80 percent of those, or 378, were issued in Dane and Milwaukee counties.
   The state Vital Records Office started processing the licenses on Wednesday, after it had kept them on hold pending legal advice from the attorney general.
   This could be a narrow window for couples to get licenses, as the ruling striking the ban could be put on hold.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The number of Wisconsin counties issuing licenses to same-sex couples who want to get married is up to 49.
   Shawano County Clerk Rosemary Rueckert and Eau Claire County Clerk Janet Loomis said Tuesday that their offices are now accepting applications for licenses.
   At nearly the same time, an employee in the Sawyer County clerk's office said the clerk there had decided to wait until there was more definite direction from the state.
   County clerks have been struggling to decide what to do after a federal judge declared the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional but did not tell the state how to implement her decision. Some clerks have been issuing licenses, while others say they will wait for more definite guidance.

Counties issuing licenses:
   Adams
   Ashland
   Bayfield
   Brown
   Buffalo
   Burnett
   Calumet
   Clark
   Columbia
   Crawford
   Dane
   Dodge
   Door
   Douglas
   Dunn
   Eau Claire
   Florence
   Fond du Lac
   Forest
   Grant
   Green
   Iowa
   Iron
   Jackson
   Jefferson
   Juneau
   Kenosha
   La Crosse
   Langlade
   Lincoln
   Manitowoc
   Marquette
   Milwaukee
   Monroe
   Oneida
   Outagamie
   Pepin
   Pierce
   Polk
   Rock
   Rusk
   Sauk
   Shawano
   Sheboygan
   Taylor
   Trempealeau
   Vilas
   Waukesha
   Wood
   Counties that are not issuing licenses:
   Barron
   Chippewa
   Green Lake
   Kewaunee
   Lafayette
   Marathon
   Marinette
   Menominee
   Oconto
   Ozaukee
   Portage
   Price
   Racine
   Richland
   St. Croix
   Sawyer
   Vernon
   Walworth
   Washburn
   Washington
   Waupaca
   Waushara
   Winnebago

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