Madison celebrates five years of marriage equality

Madison celebrates five years of marriage equality
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The city of Madison celebrated the five-year anniversary of marriage equality on the same steps where the first gay couples were married.

The celebration included cake, flowers, tears and laughter as the people who were there June 6, 2014 came back together.

Madison is celebrating five years of marriage equality on the steps of the city county building tonight. #News3Now

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Shari Roll-Currie and her wife, Renee, were the first couple in line to get a marriage license. They still have vivid memories of that day.

“It was casual Friday, so I ran down the hallway yelling, ‘I’m going to get married,'” Shari Roll-Currie said. “All I could do was call Renee and tell her I’m going to pick her up in the driveway.”

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway says despite the progress of marriage equality, there is still work to be done for LGBTQ equality.

“It’s also emotional because there is still a long way to go. We haven’t achieved full equality for the LGBT community, in workplaces, in safety, and around the world,” Rhodes-Conway said.

Shari Roll-Currie says the hope from five years ago is still alive today.

“The energy is still there. That positive, that love, that hope of moving forward. So, let’s live in that and let’s keep moving it forward,” she said.

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