Gay couples disappointed in judge’s ruling

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MILWAUKEE (AP) – Two Portage County residents that weren’t able to get married because their county clerk refused to grant licenses to same-sex couples are disappointed a judge halted them statewide.

Sixty of Wisconsin’s 72 county clerks had started issuing licenses after U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb struck down the law banning same-sex marriage last week. On Friday, she put that ruling on hold.

Allen Rasmussen and Keith Kitsembel tried unsuccessfully to be married in Portage County nine times since Monday. Kitsembel says they had a small window of opportunity and are very disappointed in their county clerk.

Theresa McCraw, of Stevens Point, says she’s stubborn and will be patient to legally marry the woman she married in a religious ceremony seven years ago. She’s hopeful Wisconsin will eventually join other states.

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