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Same-sex couples get married in Marathon County

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The Marathon County Clerk started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday morning.

About five same-sex couples throughout the county came to the courthouse to make their relationships official.

After 16 years of being together, Tammy Rajek and Lisa Akey of Mosinee jumped at the chance to make their relationship official.

"This is a long-time coming, the equality," said Akey of Mosinee. "Glad to be making part of history."

The two became the second same-sex couple in Marathon County to receive a marriage license.

In 2003, the couple celebrated their love with a commitment ceremony.

Now, more than 10 years later, they are celebrating again at the very same church.

"We love each other we know we want to be together for the rest of our lives and now we can proclaim that legally in this country and we can actually get married," said Akey.

Minister Paul Beckel of First Universalist Unitarian Church in Wausau says another same-sex couple also scheduled a ceremony.

"I'm sure every one will do it on their own timeline and that's the way it should be," said Beckel.

The future of same-sex marriage certificates in Wisconsin is still uncertain.

Thursday, Wisconsin Attorney General Van Hollen said clerks issuing licenses could face charges from local district attorneys for breaking the law.

Rajek says that's why they married so quickly.

"We have a window of opportunity and I don't know how long that window is going to last so I want to take the chance when I have it," said Rajek.

Price County and Portage County are among the few counties in the state that are not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.


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