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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Love and Cheeseheads


Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his teleprompters consider what to do.

Judges in Milwaukee and Dane counties are marrying gay couples for a second day following a federal judge's ruling overturning Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban. 
More than 60 couples were married in each county Friday, as courthouses stayed open late following the judge's decision earlier that day. 
When a federal judge struck down Wisconsin's gay marriage ban, pastor Andrew Warner was among those who headed to the courthouse to get a license so he could legally wed his longtime partner. 
Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki (zar-'NE-kee) says couples were lined up outside his courthouse at 6 a.m. Saturday, three hours before it opened. 
Then he turned to perform a wedding for two members of his Milwaukee church."I always felt like we were second-class citizens in not being able to get married," Warner said after marrying Jay Edmundson on Friday evening, despite confusion over the effect of a federal judge's ruling that declared Wisconsin's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. "And now I feel good about my state in a way I haven't before." 
Clerks in Madison and Milwaukee began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples shortly after 5pm Friday, a little over an hour after the judge released her ruling. Republican Attorney General JB Van Hollen said the ruling did not clear the way for weddings to begin. Van Hollen has sought an emergency order in federal court to stop more marriage licenses from being issued.

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