Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin ban on gay marriage
Saturday, June 07, 2014 - 01:04
June 7 - A federal judge overturns Wisconsin's gay marriage ban, prompting a rush of same-sex couples to county offices to wed. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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Scenes of joy across Wisconsin, as a federal judge struck down a ban on gay marriage Friday.
Same-sex couples immediately began rushing into county offices to wed.
"Matt, will you have Jose Fernando to be your husband..."
Matt Schreck and his partner were the first to get married at the Milwaukee County courthouse, which stayed open late to wed 66 couples.
SOUNDBITE (English) MATT SCHRECK SAYING:
"It's amazing, it's amazing! I get to be with my best friend for the rest of my life."
Wisconsin is the latest in a number of states to overturn gay marriage bans.
But it's not without controversy.
State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued a statement saying he planned to appeal the ruling and defend traditional marriage.
"For better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health..."
That didn't appear to be on the mind of Jill Winkler who got married Friday.
SOUNDBITE (English) JILL WINKLER SAYING:
"This is the best day of the rest of our lives, for real."
News of the ruling is sure to give people at this weekend's PrideFest a lot to celebrate.
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