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Plaintiffs delighted by Wisconsin marriage ruling

  • Associated Press
  • June 6, 2014 - 5:50 PM

MILWAUKEE — Couples who are part of a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's gay marriage ban are reacting joyfully to a judge's order striking down the ban.

Garth Wangemann, 58, and Roy Badger, 56, got the news Friday afternoon in Milwaukee, where they were among people gathering for the opening of PrideFest. Wangemann was to give a speech about the lawsuit at the festival, and says he's happy he'll have to rewrite it.

Wangemann and Badger say they're eager to get married but weren't planning to rush to the county courthouse. They say they're just going to celebrate until confusion is cleared up over how soon marriages can begin.

Wangemann says they have hoped for a day when all young people can take for granted that they can marry the person they love.

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