Another Historic Step Forward for Marriage Equality
New Marriage Licenses Remain on Hold
“This is yet another historic step forward for marriage equality. For too long, loving couples have been told they cannot marry, this ruling moves us closer to true equality in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the United States,” said County Executive Abele.
While the ruling overturns the ban, it does not overturn the lower courts stay on issuing marriage licenses, meaning Milwaukee County cannot yet issue new licenses to same sex couples. County Executive Abele vowed to do everything in his power to reissue licenses “as soon as we possibly can.”
In the days after the original federal court ruling in June that legalized marriage equality, hundreds of same sex couples were married at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. County Executive Abele personally paid more than $7,000 for the overtime costs associated with keeping the building open late and over the weekend.
County Abele has been a long-time supporter of marriage equality and LGBT rights. Since being elected County Executive in 2011, he’s continued that support by establishing domestic partner benefits for Milwaukee County employees and signed an ordinance change into law this year that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expressions.
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