Wisconsin Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Performed in June

Oct 13, 2014

Longtime couple Mary Bergeson (left) and Theresa Gallun rushed to the Milwaukee County Courthouse in June to get married.
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

Hundreds of same-sex couples who rushed to wed during a short window in June, will not have to reapply for a marriage license.

Gov. Walker on Monday ordered state agencies to update all documents as necessary in order to accommodate same-sex marriages and couples, and he directed agencies to honor the licenses granted in June.

For a short time that month, a federal court had struck down Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage, and hundreds of couples rushed to county courthouses to marry. When the ban was temporarily reinstated, questions arose about whether the state would recognize those unions.

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to step into the Wisconsin debate, the federal appeals court ruling becomes final - Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. So the governor has instructed the state to fall in line with the court decision.