Same-sex couples in Racine Co. feel double whammy hit

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RACINE (WITI) -- Racine Co. is one of twelve counties that never issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Friday, June 13th many stood on the steps of the Courthouse hoping that would change.

"We want this right that should've never been taken from us," said Gary Jones, LGBT activist.

For one week, they've watched same-sex couples in neighboring counties legally get married, as they waited.

"I know friends who want to get married, but they can't," said Jones.

Racine Co. hasn't allowed same-sex couples apply for marriage licenses.

"We're basing this on the legal merits of this, not any personal decisions. It's not any political or partisan pressure," said Wendy Christensen, Racine Co. clerk.

Picketers hoped the decision would change after a court ruling, Friday, June 6th.

"They're sitting here, biting their nails thinking 'oh, maybe at the end of the day..' but the end of the day is here and we've got a stay," said Jones.

Now, the wait continues after a judge puts a temporary halt on all same-sex marriages in the state.

"We're not going to end the fight here," said Jones.

It is a fight they will not give up, continuing to protest for a change.

"We're always going to hit bumps in the road, but the thing is...equality is going to come no matter how long it takes," said Jones.

The protesters say they will again be out at the Courthouse tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They are optimistic when all is said and done, the outcome will be in their favor.