Gay couples get licenses in 41 Wisconsin counties

Todd Kinsman, 28, left, and Ravi Manghnani, 37, hug after getting married by their friend, Michele Ritt, a Universal Life Minister, outside the City-County Building the day after the ban on same-sex marriage was struck down in Wisconsin, in Madison, Wis., Saturday, June 7, 2014. Kinsman and Manghnani, who have been together for seven years, had a ceremony a couple weeks ago and were just on their honeymoon in New York when they found out the ban was lifted and flew back home Saturday morning to get married in Madison. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Amber Arnold)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than half of the counties in Wisconsin are issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

County clerk offices in 41 of the state's 72 counties told The Associated Press on Monday that they were issuing licenses. Clerks in seven counties did not answer phone calls.

Many county clerks also are waiving the state's five-day waiting period so couples can marry in what may be a short window before ceremonies are halted by a court order.

Hundreds of couples have married since Friday when U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has asked an appeals court to stop the marriages while he appeals Crabb's decision.