Wis. gay marriage plaintiffs get engaged

Wis. gay marriage plaintiffs get engaged
Madison plaintiff Judy Trampf said they were shocked that the U. S. Supreme Court denied appeal. "Katy proposed to me this morning."

Couples who sued to have Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage overturned are planning weddings.

Judi Trampf, of Madison, says her partner, Katy Heyning proposed to her Monday after the news of the U.S. Supreme Court decision’s broke. The court turned away appeals from five states, including Wisconsin, seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages. The order immediately ends delays on marriages in those states.

“She didn’t get on her knee, but she did ask and we had the rings we were waiting to wear until we could announce this,” Trampf said.

Trampf and Heyning were sporting engagement rings with blue stones to honor the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin’s signature color at a news conference in Madison. The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of eight couples.

“We didn’t want to get married until everyone could get married. It’s important for us to be a part of the whole,” Heyning said.

Trampf and Heyning say they’ve already been on the phone with a wedding planner and are starting to look for a venue.

Other couples involved in the lawsuit also say they are starting to think about wedding plans.