Wis. couple considers moving for same-sex marriage

6:54 AM, Jun 28, 2013   |    comments
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RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Music and poetry brought Phyllis Goldin and Wanda Brown together nearly four decades ago.

On Wednesday, they celebrated the Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage. But the moment was bittersweet because in Wisconsin same-sex marriage is still banned.

"We've done the math and we're unlikely actually live to see it happen in Wisconsin," Phyllis said.

They are registered as a domestic partnership in River Falls but would like to be married. The couple is considering moving to states like Minnesota where they will be able to legally wed. But deciding to go is just as hard as deciding to stay.

"It makes us sad to have to even think about it," Wanda said.

They've lived in Wisconsin for more than 20 years and have lots of friends in the area. But as they get older, marriage and the rights that go with it, become more urgent. Almost ten years ago the couple traveled to Phyllis' native country, Canada, and got married but that marriage certificate is not good in River Falls.

"When we visit Canada, which we often do, to cross back into the United States and suddenly not be next of kin, it's emotional...kind of a jarring feeling," Wanda said.

The couple hasn't decided where they will be moving yet but wherever they go they hope they will be able to celebrate 40 more years together as married women.

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