Same-sex couples who sued to have marriage ban overturned are now planning weddings

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Couples who sued to have Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage overturned are planning weddings.

Judi Trampf, of Madison, says her partner, Katy Heyning proposed to her Monday, October 6th after the news of the U.S. Supreme Court decision's broke. The court turned away appeals from five states, including Wisconsin, seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages. The order immediately ends delays on marriages in those states.

Trampf and Heyning were sporting engagement rings with blue stones to honor the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin's signature color at a news conference in Madison. The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of eight couples.

Trampf and Heyning say they've already been on the phone with a wedding planner and are starting to look for a venue.

Other couples involved in the lawsuit also say they are starting to think about wedding plans.


One couple who sued to overturn Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage is planning to get married next month on their 30th anniversary together.

Garth Wangemann and Roy Badger, of Milwaukee, have been together since Election Day in 1984.

Wangemann spoke earlier this year about his dream of marrying by their 30th anniversary, but he said then that he realized it probably wouldn't happen and he was prepared to wait for a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court about whether gay marriage was legal.

Wangemann says they now definitely plan to marry on Nov. 7, their 30th anniversary together, and he's already looking at invitations.


A gay Madison couple says they're thrilled with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to let gay marriage proceed in Wisconsin and four other states.

Johannes Wallmann and Keith Borden of Madison were among eight gay couples who challenged Wisconsin's gay marriage ban in federal court.

They got married in Canada seven years ago but Wallmann says they're thrilled that Wisconsin must now recognize their union and bestow all the legal benefits on them that straight married couples enjoy.

He says other gay couples in Wisconsin can now experience the same joy of marriage he and Borden felt in 2007.

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