There’s a correction from some local media reports about the Wayne County Courthouse being involved in part of the discussion about anybody, straight or gay, could no longer have their wedding in the Wayne Courthouse; you still can. Only the Wayne County Magistrate will no longer perform anymore ceremonies.
Randy Larson, Chair of the Wayne County Commissioners, clarifies that the Wayne Courthouse will still issue marriage licenses under the same guidelines with just an altered form.
“We will still issue marriage licenses, they are still available under the current guidelines for use, the form will be altered slightly,” Larson added. “The other thing is the courtroom can be scheduled for use during business hours, and take that to mean that if the wedding was planned, it could be planned there.”
Courthouse weddings are not mandatory duties of the clerk magistrates or judges.
The next Wayne County Commissioner Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday July 7th at 9 a.m. in the Wayne County Courthouse meeting room, and this topic is currently not on the agenda. But Larson adds that it doesn’t mean they won’t discuss it.
“We are probably are going to be forced to discuss it, and we will,” Larson said. “But at this point it is simply the County Court Clerk Magistrate.”
While same-sex couples can now get their marriage licenses and get married in Madison County, nobody, straight or gay, can have their wedding at the Madison County Courthouse.
That is the decision that Madison County Magistrate Lori Bohn and the three county court judges: Ross Stoffer, Michael Long, and Donna Farrell Taylor came to this week.
According to Bohn it was a mutual decision between the four parties. Courthouse weddings are not mandatory duties of the clerk magistrates or judges. Bohn did not give a specific reason for the change, but did cite Friday’s Supreme Court ruling as the catalyst for the discussion.
Wayne County also said that they decided not to conduct weddings inside their courthouse any longer. They made their decision at the same time as Madison County.
Pierce County is still conducting marriages in their courthouse. Stanton County could not be reached for comment.
By Aaron Scheffler, KTCH, Wayne