"Wisconsin Unites for Marriage" travels around Wisconsin

By: Sarah Moon, WEAU Staff
By: Sarah Moon, WEAU Staff
Marriage equality advocates toured Wisconsin Thursday.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) Chris Olson and her wife Michelle have been a couple for 32 years, and moved to Wisconsin in 1998.

The two were also married five years ago in Iowa.

“We feel like this is our home now, and we want to stay. I can't imagine living here if this court decision is overturned,” said Olson.

Wisconsin Unites for Marriage was traveling across the state Thursday including stops in Eau Claire and La Crosse.

Kristin Hansen with the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin said the goal is to allow same sex marriage in the state.

“The purpose of the coalition is to bring together the strongest forces for marriage equality in the state which are the ACLU, Fair Wisconsin and Freedom to Marry work together,” said Hansen.

Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling said it's important for kids to have a mother and a father.

“To either eliminate a mother or a father legally from the child rearing process we are depriving children on purpose the very best opportunity for their success in the future,” said Appling.

A federal judge ruled in June that Wisconsin's same sex marriage ban was unconstitutional.

All but 12 out of 72 Wisconsin county clerks started issuing same sex marriage licenses.

However, the judge who ruled the ban unconstitutional later ordered a temporary halt to same sex marriages after a request from Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

We tried contacting Van Hollen's office, but they declined to comment.

The federal appeals courts in Chicago and Cincinnati are weighing whether Wisconsin and several other states should recognize same-sex marriage.

Oral arguments in Cincinnati wrapped up Wednesday and arguments in Chicago are set for August 26.


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