Same-sex couples disappointed in judge's ruling
MILWAUKEE -- TODAY'S TMJ4 was there as Matt Schreck and Jose Fernando Gutierrez emotionally said "I Do.” They were the first gay couple to get married in Milwaukee after the same-sex marriage ban was lifted last Friday.
Now, a week later, on the same day their official marriage license came in the mail, they found out that gay couples in Wisconsin no longer have the right to marry, at least for now.
“Shame on them, is all I can say,” Matt says. “The state lawmakers that are fighting gay marriage tooth and nail got what they wanted. But, as much as they try, they can’t take away our relationship or the love that we share. And we won’t let them take away our marriage license.”
“We have received such an outpouring of support in Milwaukee, so it's very hard to know that there are people out there who don’t want people like Matt and I to be able to marry,” Jose adds. “We love each other. Why is that wrong?”
Matt and Jose are confident that gay marriage will become legal in Wisconsin. Though this may be an obstacle, it's not defeat.
“Some people see today, and the halt of gay marriages here, as a setback, but I don't really see it as that,” Matt says. “I think it’s just another step we need to take.”
And they plan to be here for every step of that historic journey, which they believe is a path to progress.
Matt and Jose are just one of more than 570 gay couples in Wisconsin who were issued marriage licenses during the past week.