Same-Sex Couple Protests for Marriage Licence


Today was certainly an emotional day at the Portage County Courthouse. There were signs everywhere as protesters chanted "Let them marry!"

But for Allen Rasmussen and his partner Keith Kitsembel the day was filled with laughter, hugs and a few tears.

The couple has been together for 14 years, and was over-joyed when they heard Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. But when they tried to get a marriage licence on Monday, they couldn't. The couple has returned every day since to try.

"Today, I must tell you that you disappoint me," said Rasmussen in a letter he wrote to the county clerk, Shirley Simonis.

Simonis later released a statement saying she will refrain from taking marriage licence applications for now, to avoid violating the current state law. Portage county is one out of 20 counties that aren't giving out those licences to same-sex couples.

As of Wednesday, nearly 500 same-sex couples received a marriage licence in the state.


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