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Hundreds of same-sex couples marry in Wisconsin

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell tells 27 News a total of 137 marriage licenses have been in issued in the county following Friday's ruling to strike down Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage. The office closed at 5 p.m. Saturday.

In Dane County, couples got a visit from Congressman Mark Pocan Saturday morning. Pocan, who is one of seven openly gay members of Congress, tells 27 News it's a day many have been anticipating in Wisconsin.

"I think at this point people really have been waiting for this day, knowing it would come, not a question of if their relationships would be recognized but when," says Pocan.

Pocan and his husband were married in 2006 in Toronto. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell said Friday after analyzing the federal judge's ruling, marriages like Pocan's will now be recognized in the state.

"If you were married in Iowa or Minnesota, or somewhere else where it's legal, we are considering that a legal marriage and that means you cannot get remarried here in Wisconsin," McDonell said at a news conference.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Friday the ruling does not give clerks the authority to start issuing marriage licenses, but Dane and Milwaukee counties chose to do so. Van Hollen filed an emergency motion asking for a temporary stay in the ruling but it was denied.

Supporters are hoping this is the end of the debate over the legality of same-sex marriages in Wisconsin.

"I think it's one of the final steps toward equality," says Marcia Sawyer, who came to Madison with her husband from northern Wisconsin to celebrate the ruling. "A long line of acceptance of race, ethnicity and now gender preference."

The Associated Press reports Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele says 146 couples were issued licenses in Milwaukee before the courthouse closed at 1 p.m. Abele posted on his official Twitter account it was 68 couples Friday evening, and 78 on Saturday.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- As of about 1 p.m. Saturday, 111 same-sex couples got marriage licenses in Dane County following Friday's news that a federal judge struck down Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage, according to the Dane County Clerk's Office. Sixty-one of those licenses were issued Friday.

According to the Associated Press, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele says that 146 couples married in Milwaukee before the courthouse closed at 1 p.m. Abele posted on his official Twitter account that 68 couples married Friday evening, and 78 on Saturday.

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