Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wisconsin's First Same-sex Married Couple To Get Proclamation From Milwaukee Common Council

Matt Schreck and Jose Fernando Gutierrez

Alderman T. Anthony Zielinski will present both Schreck and Gutierrez a City of Milwaukee proclamation for becoming the first same-sex couple to get married in Wisconsin.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 11, 2014

Mikwaukee, WI - On Wednesday,  Alderman T. Anthony Zielinski from the 14th District announced that he will present a City of Milwaukee Proclamation to both Matt Schreck and his partner Jose Fernando Gutierrez for becoming the first same-sex couple to get married in the State of Wisconsin. Alderman Zielinski will present the proclamation next Tuesday during the full Milwaukee Common Council.
Zielinski in his Facebook account stated, "As everyone knows, Matt Schreck and his partner Jose Fernando Gutierrez were the first same sex couple in the State of Wisconsin (beating Madison by six minutes) and they reside in our district.
Because of this proud and momentous occasion I will be formally presenting them with a proclamation in front of the full common council on Tuesday, June 24th at 9:00 a.m. This is a big honor that is rarely granted.
The proceedings are open to the public so anyone wishing to attend are encouraged to do so."
So far since Friday, only 20 of 70 Wisconsin Counties have not issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples after U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that a ban on same-sex marriages in Wisconsin was unconstitutional. More than 483 marriage licenses were issued, with 76% or 368 that were issued in Dane and Milwaukee Counties, the AP reported.
Judge Crabb on Wednesday set a hearing for arguments in the same-sex marriage ban case for Friday to determine further action needed. 
J.B. Van Hollen, the Wisconsin State Attorney General has attempted to file an emergency injunction to stop marriages, but has failed. Van Hollen also requested for Judge Crabb to stay her ruling in allowing same-sex marriages until the state files an appeal. Crabb has denied Van Hollen's request.

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