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Gay marriages begin in Wisconsin after judge strikes down ban
Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage | Grand Forks Herald
The ruling marked the latest in a string of decisions by federal judges who have struck down gay marriage bans in a number of states, although the Wisconsin ruling sparked some confusion over whether such marriages could now legally go ahead. Milwaukee County issued 68 marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Friday. Its courthouse stayed open late to allow couples to wed and 66 marriages were performed. Another 61 marriage licenses were issued to gay couples in Dane County, which includes the state capital, Madison. Van Hollen said in a statement.
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Clerks in Madison and Milwaukee began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples shortly after 5 p. Friday, a little over an hour after the judge released her ruling. Judges were on hand at both courthouses to perform ceremonies. Court officials conducted the marriages even though Republican Attorney General J.