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Continued: Wisconsin same-sex marriage ruling sets off rush to the altar

  • Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS and CURT BROWN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 10, 2014 - 10:46 PM

Legalizing same-sex marriages gives couples access to the same legal rights and benefits as heterosexual couples — everything from the right to file jointly on their state taxes to the right to have both parents named on their child’s birth certificate. But in states like Wisconsin, where the legality of gay marriage is in dispute, those rights won’t be settled until the issue works its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has already upheld the legality of gay marriage on a federal level.

But as far as the state attorney general’s office is concerned, since Crabb’s ruling didn’t block the state from enforcing its gay marriage ban, the ban should remain in place.

“Wisconsin’s marriage law is in full force and effect, and all state and local officials are under a continuing duty to follow Wisconsin’s marriage law unless and until the court enjoins that law,” Van Hollen said in a statement Monday.

Not only are counties unsure whether to issue marriage licenses, the state’s vital records office is unsure whether it should process them, so it is holding them until it receives guidance from Van Hollen, the Wisconsin State Journal reported Tuesday.

Doherty, who turned 61 Monday, can’t understand Van Hollen and the Wisconsin counties that are resisting the same-sex marriages wave.

“Get with the times,” she said. “I wish our personal lives would be left alone.”

Doherty and Herbert spent the day before their wedding on their three-acre farm in the town of Ettrick, pop. 600, brushing their horses, Casey and Simon, like they do every day.

Two of Herbert’s three children, and four of her grandchildren, will be there when they exchange vows and make Trempealeau County history.

“And my son who couldn’t make it sent a text saying, ‘I’m so proud of you,’ ” said Herbert, 66, who woke twice in the middle of the night to write her vows.

“This is not the Dark Ages anymore,” Doherty said. “This has come around and, eventually, it will be a common occurrence.”

 

jennifer.brooks@startribune.com 612-673-4008

curt.brown@startribune.com 612-673-4767

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