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WISCONSIN NEWS ROUND-UP: Couples taking advantage of same-sex marriage court ruling

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

Several couples rushed to courthouses across the state to take advantage of a judge’s ruling against the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Some courthouses reported lines of couples waiting to make it official. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Milwaukee County courthouse had a line for three hours before it opened. Couples and gay rights activists believe there is a small window of opportunity, with the threat of Friday’s ruling to be put on hold. Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has requested an emergency stay to halt issuing licenses to same-sex couples.

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 A Racine man and his son were rescued from their stranded boat on Lake Michigan yesterday morning. The Racine County Sheriff’s Office says the 18-foot boat was four miles off shore when it engine stopped and the boat started taking in water. The man and his 18-year-old were rescued by the Sheriff’s Water Patrol after radioing for help. After getting a tow back to shore, the two were cited for an equipment violation because the water intake was not connected properly.

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State Democrats have filed a complaint against Republican state Senator Frank Lasee of De Pere, accusing the Senator of living outside his district in northeast Wisconsin. The complaint was filed last week. Senator Lasee says the complaint is “bullying” his family and is “frivolous” because he lives in Ledgeview with his kids attending school in the district. The Government Accountability Board will review the complaint and make a decision on June 10.

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