Locals weigh in on same-sex marriage during Pride Alive event

GREEN BAY – Just last month, hundreds of same-sex couples got married throughout the state. But the judge who overturned the ban on gay marriage, put that decision on hold.

Now the decision could be left up to a federal court to decide.

So, how do those in the Green Bay area feel about same-sex marriage?

Hot and humid weather didn’t keep hundreds of people from attending this year’s 7th annual Pride Alive event.

Among those taking part in Saturday’s event was married couple John Becker and his husband Michael Knaapen.

The two grew up in the Green Bay area and visit often. But a lot has changed since the last time they were here.

“To see same-sex couples, in Brown County, getting married was just… I sobbed like a baby from my desk in D.C. It was just so beautiful,” said John Becker.

Even though clerks started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, it didn’t last long.

But Becker has high hopes.

“We all know that this is going to end only one way. Love is going to win,” Becker said.

But not everyone agrees.

“I think it’s a power play. Most homosexual people don’t desire marriage,” said Kelly Harris.

Harris stood outside the Pride Alive event and talked with people passing by. He thinks the state should follow the current law.

“I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman,” Harris said.

It’s still unclear as to whether Wisconsin will recognize the same-sex couples who married last month.

“I think it’s a matter of time before this state realizes that any sort of constitutional ban is in itself unconstitutional,” said Knappen.

Ken Brennan has another view.

“Gay couples do not deserve the same rights because being homosexual is not a right,” said Brennan.

Back inside the event flags, t-shirts, and posters highlighted equality.

Becker and Knaapen say they will continue to fight for equal rights until the laws in their home state change.

Last month, the Brown County clerk issued more than a dozen marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Statewide more than 550 same-sex couples were married.

 

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