Appeals court rules against Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban

CREATED Sep 4, 2014 - UPDATED: Sep 4, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - It took less than two weeks for a federal appeals court to strike down Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage.

"It is overwhelming... we have been waiting so long to bring marriage equality to the state of Wisconsin, we are another step along the way," said Roy Badger.

Badger and Garth Wangemann are one of eight couples that filed a lawsuit against the state for the right to marry.

"If you see the polling results, almost yearly more and more people are in favor of marriage equality 'cause they realize love is just love, it is nothing else than that," said Wangemann.

The ruling is another blow for the state and groups like Wisconsin Family Action. Juliane Appling says today's ruling will only make her organization fight harder.

"Regardless what the courts say now or in the future, marriage is what it is, the unique union. It serves not just the private good but very much the public good and we will take every opportunity we have with every resource we have to keep getting that message out," Juliane Appling said.

Last June same-sex couples raced to the altar after an appeals judge ruled the ban was unconstitutional. When the state attorney general filed an appeal, Charvonne and Marie were left in limbo again.

At a news conference this afternoon their 12-year-old son, Chris made the best argument.

"Going home to straight or gay parents it doesn't matter. As long as I have two loving parents I am happy."