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Local resident to file lawsuit to stop Milwaukee County same-sex weddings

Thursday, June 12, 2014
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MILWAUKEE — A Wisconsin man says the the legal process is moving too slowly so he’s filing a lawsuit to stop same-sex weddings in Milwaukee County, claiming that his civil rights are being violated because gay couples are marrying.

Bob Braun

Bob Braun

WISN-TV reports that Bob Braun of West Allis, Wis., told a same-sex couple who were obtaining their marriage license at the Milwaukee County Clerks office on Tuesday, that he was there to obtain the necessary paperwork to sue the county clerk and the county executive for issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

“We’re filing a lawsuit against the people who are allowing you and telling them to stop doing it,” Braun told Kari George and Joan Fecteau, who had brought their daughter and friends to witness their wedding.

Braun doesn’t want to wait for the federal courts to rule, and says he’ll file his lawsuit Thursday asking a Milwaukee County judge to stop the weddings.

“We believe the county violated our civil rights by issuing these marriages licenses. When we voted eight years ago, the law was one man, one woman,” Braun said.

County officials said Braun’s lawsuit changes nothing.

WISN-TV has a report:

More than 500 same-sex couples have married in Wisconsin since U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriages as unconstitutional last week.

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