My fiancee and I had to file a writ of mandamus against a clerk who would not grant us our marriage license just because she did not approve of our union. She was best friends with my fiancee’s ex-wife, so she disapproved of him marrying anyone else.
The clerk had always hoped that the two of them would get back together. She came up with some legal jargon that made no sense and gave it to us as a reason we couldn’t get married yet. We knew that something fishy was going on, so we filed for a writ.
The judge did force her to give us the license. He also saw to it that she was punished for lying to us.