Where were YOU when love won Wisconsin?

When Love WonOne year ago, marriage equality first arrived in Wisconsin, and our lives were changed forever.

We invite couples married between June 6 and June 13, 2014 to celebrate their one-year anniversary at PrideFest Milwaukee!

Were you married between June 6 and June 13, 2014?

Couples who registered for our When Love Won celebration by May 18 will receive:

  • Complimentary 3-day weekend passes to PrideFest Milwaukee 2015 (June 5, 6 and 7)
  • Complimentary swag bags and 2015 souvenir t-shirts, courtesy of the ACLU of Wisconsin
  • Your invitation to a champagne tribute toast, at our opening ceremonies on Friday, June 5
  • Commemorative 2015 wedding anniversary photo

lovewinsMarriage license date and county of issue are required for registration.  Public records will be verified.  Celebration package applies to legal, same-sex marriages that occurred in Wisconsin between June 6 and June 13, 2014.

We ask that all couples share at least one wedding photo at info@pridefest.com to be part of our commemorative photo book.

Not yet married? Planning your wedding during PrideFest 2015?

Visit our first-ever PrideFest Milwaukee Wedding Expo on Friday, June 5 and connect with experts who will make your special day spectacular.

And then join us at PrideFest Milwaukee 2016 to celebrate this new tradition!

Questions? Contact us at info@pridefest.com


Love Wins Wisconsin: A look back

lovewinsThrough the efforts of the ACLU of Wisconsin, our 2014 Plus One campaign beneficiary,  the case for same-sex marriage in Wisconsin escalated through the court system for months.

And then, on Friday, June 6, Judge Barbara Crabb announced that the Wisconsin ban on same-sex marriage was, in fact, unconstitutional,  just moments before PrideFest Milwaukee opened for the 2014 season.

“I conclude that the Wisconsin laws banning marriage between same-sex couples are unconstitutional,” Judge Barbara Crabb of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, June 6, 2014.

Marriages began immediately in multiple counties.  Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele pledged to pay for staff overtime so that marriage licenses could be issued to all applicants that weekend.

And then, a week later, Judge Crabb stayed her ruling for higher court review.  For the next four months, marriage equality was on hold in Wisconsin.

Finally, on Monday, October 6, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the State of Wisconsin’s appeal, allowing the lower court’s ruling to stand.  Since that date, marriage equality has been the law of the land in Wisconsin.

Within that first week, over 500 couples married in Wisconsin — and a new annual tradition was born!





  1. Renee Roll-currie says

    Dane county’s first gay couple married. Sorry we missed the registration. Would have loved to celebrate our anniversary at pride!