1st same-sex couple to wed in Wis.: ‘You can’t shove this genie back in the bottle’

Gay couples disappointed in judge's ruling

Two Portage County residents that weren’t able to get married because their county clerk refused to grant licenses to same-sex couples are disappointed a judge halted them statewide.

Of Wisconsin’s 72 county clerks, 60 had started issuing licenses after U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb struck down the law banning same-sex marriage last week. On Friday, she put that ruling on hold.

Allen Rasmussen and Keith Kitsembel tried unsuccessfully to be married in Portage County nine times since Monday. Kitsembel said they had a small window of opportunity and are very disappointed in their county clerk.

Theresa McCraw, of Stevens Point, said she’s stubborn and will be patient to legally marry the woman she married in a religious ceremony seven years ago. She’s hopeful Wisconsin will eventually join other states.

Renee Currie and Sharie Roll were the first same-sex couple to marry in the state June 6, after Crabb’s initial rejection of the ban. Currie said she’s disappointed in Friday’s stay but optimistic.

“I strongly believe the momentum has started,” Currie said. “You can’t shove this genie back in the bottle. It’s too far out; there’s no way.”