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Wisconsin gay marriage plaintiffs to marry on anniversary

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Garth Wangemann (l) and his partner, Roy Badger Photo: John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal
Garth Wangemann (l) and his partner, Roy Badger
Photo: John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal

MILWAUKEE (AP) — One couple who sued to overturn Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage is planning to get married next month on their 30th anniversary together.

Garth Wangemann and Roy Badger, of Milwaukee, have been together since Election Day in 1984.

Wangemann spoke earlier this year about his dream of marrying by their 30th anniversary, but he said then that he realized it probably wouldn’t happen and he was prepared to wait for a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court about whether gay marriage was legal.

On Monday, the court rejected appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for marriages to start in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

Wangemann says they now definitely plan to marry on Nov. 7, their 30th anniversary together, and he’s already looking at invitations.

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