Marathon County Begins Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

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It's a historic day in Marathon County. The County Clerk issued the first same-sex marriage license Thursday morning.

While we've seen a rush of couples heading to the courthouse in Dane and Milwaukee Counties, that wasn't the case in Marathon County. The County Clerk only issued five marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday.

For those who did get married, it wasn't about the numbers, but about being recognized as equal.

Lisa Akey and Tammy Rajek have been together for 16 years. They were the second couple to legally say "I do" at the courthouse Thursday.

"[I] Just want to exercise my rights," Akey said. "I've been waiting for a long time to be recognized as an equal citizen and today's the day."

The couple was united in a commitment ceremony back in September of 2003. They also registered as domestic partners when it became legal to do so in Wisconsin back in August of 2009. But Thursday the final piece of the puzzle fell into place.

"I'm sure there's going to be other people who are following behind us, other minorities that feel that they don't have equal rights," Akey explained. "It's definitely been a long road. I thank everyone before me that has paved the path for us to get to this day."

Akey and Rajek signed their license at the courthouse then went to their church to seal the deal.

One woman came out to support same sex couples tying the knot, bringing cupcakes and flowers to help them celebrate their special day.

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