More same sex couples are getting partnership licenses in Wisconsin

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"It's been one year since same sex couples were given the ability to obtain partnership licenses in Wisconsin. Those licenses give them some of the same rights as married couples.

"Ryan and Aaron Phillipson have been together for four years. But it was only just last year that Wisconsin granted them a domestic partnership license, recognizing their union -- to an extent.

"'It's something we're definitely proud of,' says Aaron. 'If this is what we get to have here in this state then that's what we'll have until something changes.'

"Changes like granting them all the same rights and benefits as their straight counterparts. 'The biggest thing for us was that it was something, better than nothing,' he adds.

... "Since August of last year Brown, Winnebago and Outagamie counties have seen significant numbers in the amount of same sex couples receiving domestic partnership licenses.  But for many of those couples, they're not satisfied until that certificate is a marriage license. 'This is a good start. It's a great start, but there's still more to do,' explains Ryan.

"While the Phillipsons wait until the day they're recognized like married couples, they'll just continue to act like a married couple. 'Ups and down's, lefts and rights. Still come home every night from work, give each other a kiss, have a glass of wine, go to bed. Wake up and do it all over again the next day,' says Ryan."

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