Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Sanity and common sense in North Dakota

The buffalo still roam Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota
The Grand Forks Herald notes that North Dakota has issued more than 70 same-sex marriage licenses. It seems to be 66 on a new form and, perhaps, 10 others on an old form that they did not keep track of. Overall, the 66 amount to 1.3% of licenses issued since June 26.

According to the Herald County commissioners in three counties  transfer duties to other staff members after a county employee raised a personal objection to issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Meanwhile, the state legislature is working on removing the invalid same-sex marriage ban that is still on the books.

“Gail Wischmann, a sergeant with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office in Fargo who wed her wife on Dec. 26, said they waited to get married until same-sex marriage was legally recognized everywhere. She said Cass County is updating its policies to include same-sex couples, and the state should do the same.”

While I believe that those state employees with objections are misguided there is no hysteria. Just business as usual and some gay couples got hitched.

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