Milwaukee couple pleased by gay marriage ruling

In this Feb 3, 2014 file photo, plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage appear during a press conference at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison.
In this Feb 3, 2014 file photo, plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage appear during a press conference at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)

MILWAUKEE (AP) – One of the couples who sued to overturn Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage says they’re very happy but still feeling cautious after an appeals court upheld an earlier decision allowing couples to marry.

Roy Badger, of Milwaukee, says he has hope that he and his partner, Garth Wangemann, will be “able to live in Wisconsin with full equality, that we won’t be considered second-class citizens.”

But Badger and Wangemann also say they remain cautious until they see what the U.S. Supreme Court does.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he plans to appeal Thursday’s appeals court decision to the high court.

Wangemann says the couples involved in the lawsuit have been expecting that, but the appeals court decision is still cause for “a little bit of celebrating.”

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