John M. Becker

129 Wisconsin Couples Wed in First Hours of Marriage Equality

Filed By John M. Becker | June 07, 2014 3:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: ACLU, Dane County, gay marriage, Madison, marriage discrimimation, marriage equality, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, same-sex marriage, Wisconsin

gay-wisconsin-flag.gifIn the first five and a half hours of marriage equality in Wisconsin, a total of 129 same-sex couples received marriage licenses -- 68 in Milwaukee County, and 61 in Dane County, home to the state capital of Madison. All or nearly all of them were married immediately.

Unless J.B. Van Hollen, Wisconsin's anti-LGBT Republican attorney general, is successful in obtaining a stay of Judge Barbara Crabb's pro-equality ruling, marriages will resume tomorrow in Milwaukee and Madison.

The Milwaukee County Clerk says the courthouse will be open Saturday to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The register of deeds office will also be open to provide certified birth certificates, and the clerk of courts office will open for anyone who needs copies of divorce papers from previous marriages.

The Milwaukee County Courthouse is at 901 N. 9th St. in downtown Milwaukee. Click here for more information about getting married in Milwaukee County.

Dane County's courthouse, located at 215 S. Hamilton St. in Madison, will also be open tomorrow and issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples for the entire day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for more information about obtaining a marriage license in Dane County.

NOTE: Wisconsin law requires at least one spouse to be a resident of the county where the marriage license is issued and to have lived there for at least 30 days. So for now, only same-sex couples where one or both spouses live in Dane or Milwaukee counties are able to marry.

The atmosphere in both courthouses was jubilant, according to local reports. And in a true display of Wisconsin hospitality, a group of police officers in Madison brought wedding cake to share with the newlywed couples.


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