Northwoods couple speaks out about gay marriage lawSubmitted: 02/05/2014
Story By Kaitlyn Howe

Northwoods couple speaks out about gay marriage law
WOODRUFF - The American Civil Liberties Union will challenge Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit for a group of same sex couples on Monday.

It's affecting a Northwoods couple.

Isaiah Brokenleg and his partner live in Woodruff.

"The reality is marriage is about love and who you love," says Brokenleg.

The two were married in Minnesota where gay marriage is legal, in October.

But they say Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage makes things difficult.

"Because we got married in Minnesota and then came here we could be arrested, we
could serve time in jail, we could have to pay a big fine and that's also
scary," says Brokenleg.

The Supreme Court struck down The Federal Defense of Marriage Act in June.

Because of that, Isaiah and his partner do have federal benefits.

"The federal government recognizes us as married even though Wisconsin does not.
But, there will be problems with you know, we have to go to a specialist now for
our taxes because what do we do we can file jointly for federal but Wisconsin
we're just like roommates or something," says Brokenleg.

But Wisconsin doesn't recognize their marriage.

"What happens if one of us has to go to the hospital and we're not allowed to
see our partner," he says.

The pair wants to adopt kids.

Wisconsin's law could make that difficult.

"Only one of us could be the parent. We can't both be the parents. And so if for
example we did adopt a kid and let's say I adopted them and something happened
to me that kid would go back into foster care," says Brokenleg.

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said he would fight the suit.

"This constitutional amendment was approved by a large majority of Wisconsin
residents. I believe the amendment is constitutional, and I will vigorously
defend it," says Van Hollen.

That's news that discourages Isaiah and his partner.

"This lawsuit means justice, it means equality," says Brokenleg.

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VILLAGE OF ARPIN - A deputy with six years of experience shot and killed a suspect and injured one of his fellow officers in Wood County last week.

Tuesday, the state Department of Justice released information on those who were involved.

The DOJ reports Deputy Nathan Dean shot and killed 32-year-old Logan Johnsrud during a fight June 11.

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LAND O' LAKES - A busy morning for Lois Laux included something she's done hundreds of times, but a gallon of skim milk did more than come in handy for breakfast.  It marked the very first sale at Land O' Lakes' new -- and only--  grocery store.

"Oh, we've needed it for quite a while," Laux said.  "I think it's been at least two years that I've known we were actually going to get it. So, I'm glad it finally made it."

Charlie's Market opened to customers along County Highway B in the heart of town 31 months after the last-remaining grocery store closed.

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Racine police say Officer John Hetland was fatally shot Monday about 9:40 p.m. when he tried to intervene in an armed robbery at Teezers bar. And Milwaukee police say Officer Kou (koo) Her died early Tuesday when he was struck by a speeding driver who ran a red light at a Milwaukee intersection. Milwaukee Chief Alfonso Morales says Her had just finished his shift in the 4th District. Police have arrested a 34-year-old man who has a history of drunken driving.

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MADISON - A bipartisan proposal designed to make it easier for patients to get needed prescription drugs even when insurance companies force them to try less-expensive alternatives first is headed to Gov. Tony Evers.

The Wisconsin Assembly approved the bill Tuesday on a voice vote. The Senate previously passed the measure.

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MADISON - The Wisconsin State Bar Association along with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Marquette University law schools are preparing to honor long-time state Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson.

The bar and the law schools plan to hold a ceremony for Abrahamson in the state Capitol Tuesday evening. Speakers will include Gov. Tony Evers, former Gov. Jim Doyle and federal appellate judge and former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Diane Sykes.

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Wildlife Biologist David Ruid has been involved with the search and said rehab is the safest option for the cubs and people.

"In a lot of situations, if you don't capture and remove those cubs they're going to continue to hang out in that area and could be struck by a vehicle," said Ruid. "There's a potential for a vehicle accident. The best solution is to capture and rehab them for the year."

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