LGBTQ resource center in La Crosse moves to new location

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Jackson Jantzen is the executive director of The Center, 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection in La Crosse. He said legalizing same sex marriage in Wisconsin would allow couples safety and security.

“There's a number of protections that are afforded to people who can get married now that couples who are not able to be married do not receive,” said Jantzen.

Arguments began Tuesday in Chicago over whether Wisconsin's same sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

“I'm always excited when we get to have a conversation about it,” said Jantzen.

Wisconsin passed a same sex marriage ban in 2006. However, a judge declared the ban unconstitutional in June.

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued a statement saying, “All laws governing domestic relations, whether they are laws concerning marriage or divorce or child custody, have been traditionally left to the states. Wisconsin’s laws defining marriage should be given the same respect and deference.”

The issue of same sex marriage has created more awareness of organizations like The Center, 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection. The center has a new name and location. It used to be called the 7 Rivers LGBT Resource Center.

It moved to it's current location at 6th and Cass Streets in La Crosse about a week and a half ago after being on Pearl Street.

“Mainly because we wanted to find a location that would both provide us visibility for passing traffic, but also allow people who are really needing our services to have some place safe that they could go,” said Jantzen.

The Center has been around for 10 years. It serves 11 counties in western Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa. The center also has a location in Winona, Minnesota.