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Marriage licenses issued to gay couples in Dane, Milwaukee counties minutes after court ruling; Dems support

UNDATED (WSAU-WRN) There have been 146 marriage licenses issued in Milwaukee County to same-sex couples, and 138 marriages in Madison (Dane County) through Saturday. Some same sex couples were waiting on the steps of the clerk's offices as Judge Barbara Crabb's ruling was announced on Friday.

The ruling resulted in a rush of gay couples to clerk’s offices in Madison and Milwaukee, even though Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen argued that the state’s ban remains in effect because Judge Crabb did not issue an immediate injunction.

Delegates at the Democratic state convention voted over the weekend to support gay marriage as part of their platform — the day after a federal judge strikes down Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban.

Mike Tate is chair of the Wisconsin Democratic Party. “No longer is hate and discrimination enshrined in our state Constitution.”

Democrats reacting to the news are jubilant, including the nation’s first openly gay U.S. Senator — Tammy Baldwin. “We didn’t need a federal judge to tell us that love is love, that family is family,” and she says, “Discriminating against anyone’s love, against anyone’s family is just plain wrong.”

State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee) is an openly bisexual member of Wisconsin’s legislature. “I’m elated. This is a great moment for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Wisconsinites everywhere.” Zamarripa adds, “I was in the LGBT caucus when the news broke and it couldn’t have been more poetic.”

Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban was amended to the state Constitution in 2006. Same-sex couples in Madison and Milwaukee were getting marriage licenses just minutes after US. District Judge Barbara Crabb declared the ban unconstitutional, though, it’s unclear if and when the ban could be reinstated.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen filed emergency motions in federal court to put on hold Crabb’s order.

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