Like gay couples across Wisconsin, Dane County's clerk
is waiting on that ruling and preparing for hundreds
to flood into his office looking for a marriage license.
THAT RULING COULD COME ANY DAY.
AFTER A GROUP OF GAY COUPLES CHALLENGED WISCONSIN'S
THOSE WHO WILL HANDLE THESE MARRIAGES HAVE TO BE READY.
THE NIGHT TEAM'S DANNIKA LEWIS FOUND OUT.
DANE COUNTY'S CLERK IS PREPARING FOR HUNDREDS OF COUPLES.
THAT'S JUST WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THIS RULING BY THE
CLERK'S BEST GUESS.
BUT AS WE WATCH A DOMINO EFFECT.
STATE AFTER STATE LEGALIZING SAME-SEX MARRIAGES.
THE CLERK SAYS HE COULD SEE A LINE WELL OUT THE DOOR
ANY DAY NOW.
SALUD GARCIA: 2749 We didn't expect this to happen,
not this fast.
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SALUD GARCIA: 2753 We have friends who went out of
state and got married, and we're like, nuh huh.
And now it's like, well, maybe we should go look for
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THEY'RE ONE OF EIGHT COUPLES SIGNED ONTO A LAWSUIT.
CHALLENGING THE STATE'S SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LAWS.
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PAM KLEISS: 2648 it does feel like momentum.
It does feel much more exciting than we ever thought
it would be.
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AS THEY WAIT FOR THE CASE'S RULING.
THEY DREAM UP THE BIG DAY.
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SALUD GARCIA: 3104 Everyone's going to be so excited
and all of the smiles.
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A DAY THEY THOUGHT WOULD NEVER COME.
AND HUNDREDS OF OTHERS.
SCOTT McDONELL: 0220 We should be able to handle
DANE COUNTY CLERK SCOTT McDONNELL SAYS IF GAY MARRIAGE
HE EXPECTS 2- TO 3-HUNDRED COUPLES TO SHOW UP AT HIS
OFFICE WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE RULING...
TEN TIMES THE NUMBER OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES-TO-BE HE'S
USED TO HANDLING ON A DAILY BASIS.
HE'S PREPARED TO TRIPLE HIS STAFF.
AND THE OFFICE WILL STAY OPEN LATE.
EVEN ADD SATURDAY HOURS.
TO GET EVERYONE A MARRIAGE LICENSE.
SCOTT McDONELL: 0440 The things that I worry about
are the things I can't predict, you know.
There's going to be elements of the ruling, there
might be snaffus, but we'll just pitch in and get
SALUD GARCIA: 3051 People are going to be SO EXCITED.
WHILE IT'S NOT A DONE DEAL...
GARCIA AND KLEISS ARE READY FOR A WEDDING.
A DECADE IN THE MAKING.
THERE'S A WAY TO GET A WAIVER, HE SAYS, AND GET MARRIED
THAT SAME DAY.