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County executive: 146 same-sex couples married in Milwaukee

Saturday, June 7, 2014
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Cody Huston, left, and Tina Cady, both of Madison, embrace after getting married Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Madison, Wis. On Friday a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.Andy Manis, AP

Cody Huston, left, and Tina Cady, both of Madison, embrace after getting married Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Madison, Wis. On Friday a federal judge struck down the state’s gay marriage ban.

MILWAUKEE — Nearly 150 gay couples have married in Milwaukee after a federal judge overturned Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage.

County clerks in Milwaukee and Madison have kept their offices open to issue licenses to couples who want to marry before an expected hold is placed on the judge’s decision.

Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki said couples were lined up outside his courthouse at 6 a.m. Saturday, three hours before it opened.

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By Saturday afternoon, 146 couples had married there before the courthouse closed at 1 p.m., according to Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele.

A post on his official Twitter account said 68 couples married Friday evening and 78 married on Saturday.

In total, 120 couples married in Milwaukee and Madison on Friday night, the Associated Press reported.

Abele said this is 24 hours he’ll never forget and he’s honored to take part in helping the couples marry.

In Madison, the Dane County Clerk’s office said it had issued 30 licenses by 11 a.m. Saturday and would remain open until 5 p.m. today.

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