same-sex marriage

LaToya Dennis

It’s May in Wisconsin, which means invitations for those summer weddings are beginning to hit the mail. What’s new this year, here and in many states, is the fact that same-sex partners can now marry. 

The change could mean more business for wedding planners. It’s estimated that same-sex weddings could add up to $2.5 billion to the U.S. economy. Wisconsin’s share could approach $30 million.

People have been lining up outside the U.S. Supreme Court for days hoping that they will be among the lucky ones to get a seat for Tuesday's historic arguments on gay marriage.

As of now, gay marriage is legal in 36 states. By the end of this Supreme Court term, either same-sex couples will be able to wed in all 50 states, or gay marriage bans may be reinstituted in many of the states where they've previously been struck down.

Courtesy of Karina Willes

Karina Willes and Kami Young were married in Minnesota in late 2013. The spring of the next year, Young gave birth to their daughter, Olivia. And Willes attempted to get her name included on the girl’s birth certificate, receiving advice from the ACLU on how to do that.  

“And it was suggested that we cross off the field on the form said ‘husband’ and change it, and we attempted to do so. The hospital representative told us that she couldn’t submit the form that way, that the software that she used to submit the form wouldn’t accept my information in that field,” Willes says.

There’s lots of buzz surrounding same-sex marriage in Wisconsin. Organizers of an LGBT wedding expo in Wauwatosa hope it carries over to their event.

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.

Tracy Apps, Flickr

The Supreme Court yesterday declined to take up an appeal of a ruling overturning Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban, and that of four other states.

Milwaukee County has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.


Voters here banned same-sex marriage in 2006. This year, federal courts overturned the ban.

Light Brigading, Flickr

U.S. Appeals Court in Chicago ruled unanimously Thursday that the same-sex marriage bans in both Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional.

Ann-Elise Henzl

A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals listened to each side make its case Tuesday and sometimes responded with questions.