Van Hollen said Thursday that same-sex couples who have wed in recent days are not married in the eyes of the law and that county clerks issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples could be prosecuted.Not sure of the legal theory behind the notion that Wisconsin Attorney General's thoughts are more binding than the U.S. Constitution, but he seems to be arguing that since the judge did not issue an "injunction" ordering clerks to follow the ruling that nobody has to. All of that, however, is just buildup to a delightful smackdown by one of the more prominent county clerks being threatened by Van Hollen.
Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell said the possibility of prosecution "doesn't keep me up at night." McDonell, the first clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Wisconsin, called Van Hollen's claim of possible charges ridiculous.Now there's a fellow who needs to run for higher office.
"He needs to call off the dogs and turn off the fire hoses," he said, invoking extreme police responses to some civil rights protests of the 1960s.