Wisconsin has become the 19th state to approve marriage licenses for gay couples after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in June.
The first marriages were performed in Iowa last week.
A spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Health said Monday that Wisconsin is the 19teenth state to have a marriage license for same-gender couples.
It is not known how many same-faith couples are registered in the state.
The number of same-sexual couples in Wisconsin has doubled in the past year to about 10,000.
In 2016, the state was one of the few states where same-person marriages were allowed to be performed by clergy.
Scott Walker’s administration and state lawmakers have argued that clergy must remain neutral in matters of marriage and that same-marriage marriages should not be recognized by the state, even though there are already federal rules for the issuance of marriage licenses.
The state has seen a surge in applications for marriage licenses from people seeking to get married and for people who want to adopt a child.
Wisconsin has not had any instances of clergy officiating weddings since June, when the Supreme Law Courts of the United States ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional and struck down a provision in the federal law that required state and local officials to recognize same- sex marriages performed in other states.
Same-sex couples have not been allowed to marry since June.
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Brian Sandoval on Friday called the Supreme court’s ruling in Obergefell v.
Hodges a ‘grave injustice’ that could affect every American.
Sandoval told a crowd of about 3,000 at a political rally in the town of Elyria, Wyo., that the ruling ‘should have a profound impact on every American and every family.
I want you to be reminded that we are all in this together.’
In a statement to The Associated Press, Sandoval said he has ‘every confidence that the Supreme Supreme Court will uphold this decision and the sanctity of marriage in our country.’
Sandoval speaks at a rally in Elyria on June 23.
While Sandoval’s comments are not likely to win support from conservative voters in the West, his comments have drawn condemnation from some Republican lawmakers and conservative religious leaders.
Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality have been largely hailed as a step toward a more equal society.
But gay marriage advocates are still fighting the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling and have called for a boycott of the 2018 elections in several states, including Wyoming, South Dakota and Idaho.
“It is clear that many of the Republican voters who supported the 2016 election have lost their minds,” said Rick Smith, president of the Family Research Council.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks at the Elyria Republican Party in Elyrian, Wyoming, on June 25.
He said he’s ‘hopeful’ that the justices’ decision will be upheld.
Wes Benedict, executive director of Equality Wisconsin, called the state attorney general and other lawmakers who opposed the marriage ruling a ‘fraud.’
Benedict said the marriage law is ‘just another piece of legislation to allow same- gender couples to be married in Wisconsin.’
This is not an issue of fairness, it is an issue that has no place in the Constitution.’
Smith said he was ‘very hopeful’ the ruling will be overturned and that the Republican Party would be more open to gay marriage in the future.
Smith and Benedict are not the only ones who have expressed disappointment over the ruling.
Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Wis., the sponsor of a bill that would have overturned the decision, said he is not sure how Wisconsin’s lawmakers would feel about changing the law.
Erpenbach told The Associated Statesman newspaper in an email that he doesn’t think it’s a ‘very good thing.’
Erlenbach said that the marriage issue is ‘not a partisan issue, it’s an issue about fairness and justice.’
“The fact that this case has been decided is not a partisan thing.
It’s a question of fairness and fairness,” Erpenbauer said.
State Attorney General Brad Schimel told a news conference on Friday that the governor and other state lawmakers who oppose same- marriage have ‘lost their minds’ and should be removed from office.
‘We will be very vocal and we will be quite aggressive about fighting this issue,’ Schiml said.