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Same-Sex Couples Rush To Marry After Ban Struck Down In Wisconsin

A federal judge struck down Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage Friday. Many couples didn't waste any time before getting married.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 12:45 p.m. ET

Posted on June 6, 2014, at 7:47 p.m. ET

Same-sex couples in Madison began getting married in Wisconsin on Friday just minutes after a federal judge struck down the state's marriage ban.

First gay marriage in Wisconsin #loveislove

Dane County Clerk @samcdonell talks to the first couple in line to get married in Madison #FreedomToMarry

Isthmus TheDailyPage@IsthmusTDP

Dane County Clerk @samcdonell talks to the first couple in line to get married in Madison #FreedomToMarry

2:30 PM - 06 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

First couple getting marriage license in madison. #marriageequality

Judith Davidoff@JudyDavidoff

First couple getting marriage license in madison. #marriageequality

3:32 PM - 06 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Wisconsin Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen said the ban was still in effect despite the ruling Friday, but that didn't stop other couples from moving quickly as well.

Judge Mark Frankel performs a marriage for a family on the steps of the Dane County Courthouse. @thenation @CapTimes

John Nichols@NicholsUprising

Judge Mark Frankel performs a marriage for a family on the steps of the Dane County Courthouse. @thenation @CapTimes

4:28 PM - 06 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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"Typical marriage!" On the steps of the Dane County Courthouse. Wisconsinites say "yes" to marriage equality!

John Nichols@NicholsUprising

"Typical marriage!" On the steps of the Dane County Courthouse. Wisconsinites say "yes" to marriage equality!

4:08 PM - 06 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Marriages on the steps of the Dame Co Courthouse within hours of Federal Judge Crabb's marriage equality ruling.

John Nichols@NicholsUprising

Marriages on the steps of the Dame Co Courthouse within hours of Federal Judge Crabb's marriage equality ruling.

4:02 PM - 06 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

In fact, a LOT of couples showed up to marry.

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Many gay couples waiting at the city county building to get their marriage licenses #nbc15

Kate Pabich@KatePabichNBC15

Many gay couples waiting at the city county building to get their marriage licenses #nbc15

3:08 PM - 06 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Line of about 30 still waiting for marriage licenses in Madison. #loveinwi

Judith Davidoff@JudyDavidoff

Line of about 30 still waiting for marriage licenses in Madison. #loveinwi

4:22 PM - 06 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And a lot of officials showed up to marry them.

Officials lining up to marry couples at madison city hall.

Judith Davidoff@JudyDavidoff

Officials lining up to marry couples at madison city hall.

3:20 PM - 06 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Our research director @legaleagle being deputized to issue marriage licenses in Dane County. #FreedomToMarry

One Wisconsin Now@onewisconsinnow

Our research director @legaleagle being deputized to issue marriage licenses in Dane County. #FreedomToMarry

3:29 PM - 06 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Being deputized by Dane County to issue marriage licensed #LoveWinsWI

Rep. Melissa Sargent@RepSargent

Being deputized by Dane County to issue marriage licensed #LoveWinsWI

3:15 PM - 06 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The courthouse in Madison was busy with couples, witnesses and others.

On a historic day in Wisconsin, crowds show up on steps of Dane Co. Courthouse to witness marriages!

John Nichols@NicholsUprising

On a historic day in Wisconsin, crowds show up on steps of Dane Co. Courthouse to witness marriages!

4:11 PM - 06 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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I was honored to serve as the witness to the FIRST #equality marriage in Wisconsin #LoveWinsWI

Rep. Melissa Sargent@RepSargent

I was honored to serve as the witness to the FIRST #equality marriage in Wisconsin #LoveWinsWI

4:09 PM - 06 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Wisconsin couple weds outside Madison city county building

WSJ multimedia team@WSJmultimedia

Wisconsin couple weds outside Madison city county building

4:29 PM - 06 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Same-sex couples also got married in Milwaukee.

Congratulations to milwaukee county's first gay married couple

Sachelle Saunders@SachelleReports

Congratulations to milwaukee county's first gay married couple

3:40 PM - 06 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Gay couples getting married at #Milwaukee County Courthouse after gay marriage ban struck down #WISN12

Christina Palladino@cdino22

Gay couples getting married at #Milwaukee County Courthouse after gay marriage ban struck down #WISN12

4:45 PM - 06 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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