As some of you might know, about a week ago I had said that I would call the Clerk of Courts office (as was suggested by Ted Simmons Speed Camp) and inquire as to whether it was actually legal for a Wisconsin resident to marry their house/property, as it was a popular topic at the time. It took me longer than I meant it to (Damn you, finals!) but I have a little bit of an update.
Basically, what they all said was "I don't know". Though there is hope yet for you home-lovers!
I started going alphabetically, trying only smaller counties as I assumed they would be less annoyed.
My first call was to Ashland County. They were probably the least helpful, simply saying that they didn't know. They weren't unfriendly, either.
I then called Barron County. They, too, had no idea. They did attempt to help me by pointing me towards www.wicourts.gov, where I found this:
Marriage. Section 13. [As created Nov. 2006] Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state. [2003 J.R. 29, 2005 J.R. 30, vote Nov. 2006]
Thus, it isn't looking too good. I'm no lawyer, but I would think there would be significant problems in identifying property as male or female. And even more so as a man or woman.
So, I called Bayfield County. They pointed me to www.wisbar.org, but I think I need to be a user to look through any pertinent information and I wasn't going to pay anything for this, sorry.
Figuring I had nothing to lose, I went for one of the bigger counties, Dane. They might have given me the best lead out of all of them by connecting me to the counties Legal Resource Center. When asked, they weren't sure whether the law was real or not.
They suggested that I call the State Legal Resource Center. I did, but they were either busy or you are required to leave a message first. Probably so they can screen out the loonies who have stronger than normal feelings for their home.
Anyway, I'll call the State Legal Resource Center again tomorrow. If they are still busy, I'll leave a message and hopefully they will get back to me. Either way, I should have an update on this.
Any other suggestions for places that I could call are welcome.