Friday, June 6, 2014

Milwaukee County Courthouse Stays Open To Allow Weekend Same-sex Marriages

Chris Abele

Milwaukee County executive ordered for courthouse to stay open until 9:00 p.m. on Friday and will open again on Saturday to allow same-sex marriages. 

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 6, 2014

Milwaukee, WI - On Friday, the Milwaukee County Courthouse will stay open until 9:00 p.m. to allow same-sex couples to get married after a federal court decision today declared that Wisconsin's 2006 same-sex marriages ban was unconstitutional, according to Chris Abele, County Executive. The courthouse will also be open on Saturday to issue wedding licenses and perform civil weddings. Abele says, he will pay for the extra hours the courthouse will stay open.
Earlier today, the 2006 voter referendum to ban same-sex marriages in Wisconsin was declared unconstitutional by U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb. Crabb's decision clears the way for weekend same-sex marriages in the state.


More than 70 same-sex couples were reported married on Friday in Milwaukee. In Madison, more than 60 same-sex couples were married.

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