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Hours after U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb struck down Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage on June 6, 2014, gay couples throughout the state numbering in the hundreds applied for marriage licenses. In Madison, dozens of couples rushed to the City-County Building, where judges and other officials performed wedding ceremonies on the spot.

Cap Times reporters and photographers were there as well and followed the story for several days afterward. Here is a collection of their work.

Although Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said current law remains in effect and that he will appeal the decision, the Dane County Clerk’s office will be open until 9 p.m. Friday night and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday to issue marriage licenses. 

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A group outside the City-County Building watched after Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional.

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Shari Roll and Renee Currie became the first same-sex couple in Dane County to get a marriage license.

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Gay couples crowded the Dane County Clerk’s office at the City-County Building to obtain their marriage licenses after a federal judge struck …

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By 12:30 p.m. Saturday, the county clerk’s office had issued 100 marriage licenses as ceremonies took place on the steps of the City-County Building.

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Joyous couples, their friends, family and onlookers thronged the City-County Building for a second day in the wake of a federal court decision…

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“I never realized that I was like a second-class citizen until I wasn’t one anymore,” Karen Ball says of her wedding to Kelly Beckett.

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She led the push for the 2006 constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage in Wisconsin and spoke Sunday on “Upfront” with Mike Gousha.

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So far 134 female couples have tied the knot, compared with 34 male couples.

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Officers Zach Kimbrew, Matt Kenny and Sue Carnell brought cakes to the same-sex couples getting married at the City-County Building on Friday.

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U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb issued an injunction coupled with a stay early Friday evening. The case now heads to an appeals court.

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Scott McDonell geared up his office to handle a high volume of same-sex marriage licenses.

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The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce sees dollars in all those nuptials.

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Wendi Kent wanted to capture history in the making, but also provide a keepsake for couples that didn’t bring along their own photographers.

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