The state Department of Justice says it doesn’t have any records of how many hours it spent defending Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban, making the full cost of fighting the case impossible to determine. A group of gay couples filed a lawsuit last year challenging the marriage ban.
Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution. The justices said Friday they will review an appellate ruling that upheld bans on same-sex unions in four states.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit that challenged Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage are requesting attorney fees in the amount of $1.2 million, according to a new report by the National Law Journal.
Even as same-sex marriage edges closer to becoming legal nationwide, gay rights advocates face other challenges in 2015 that may not bring quick victories. In Congress, for example, liberal Democrats plan to introduce civil rights bills in the House and Senate that would outlaw a broad range of discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker hasn’t said much publicly about his positions on abortion or gay marriage, but he proudly trumpets his stances on both issues in a letter to a conservative group whose endorsement he wants. In the Sept. 5 letter to Wisconsin Family Action, Walker says he passed legislation that gives women seeking abortions more information and health protection and that he cut off state funding for abortion providers.
Gov. Scott Walker says hundreds of same-sex marriages performed in June will be recognized by the state. There had been questions over whether those marriages would be legally recognized, since they happened when the gay marriage ban was blocked only temporarily.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a ruling that the state’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. Van Hollen, a Republican, filed the request Tuesday. It’s unclear when the high court might respond.
A U.S. appeals court ruled Thursday that same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violate the U.S. Constitution, in another in a series of courtroom wins for gay-marriage advocates. The unanimous decision by the three-judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago bumps the number of states where gay marriage will be legal from 19 to 21.
Federal appeals judges bristled Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.
The owners of a lodge in central Minnesota have agreed to pick up the tab for the wedding and reception of a same-sex couple they initially turned away. The Minnesota Human Rights Department says Cole Frey and his fiance have settled their discrimination case against the owners of Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation.
Gov. Scott Walker says his 19-year-old son’s decision to act as a witness at the same-sex marriage of a relative is not a policy statement. Walker was asked Tuesday about his son Alex’s decision to serve as a witness to the June 9 wedding in Waukesha County.
Appleton-area couples who applied for marriage licenses but didn’t receive them before a federal judge halted same-sex weddings will receive full refunds of their application fees.
Both sides in the fight over same-sex marriages in Wisconsin are headed back to federal court Friday afternoon for a hearing that could determine whether the weddings can continue. The hearing before U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb comes exactly one week after she struck down the state’s ban on gay marriages as unconstitutional.
A federal judge has scheduled a hearing on the Wisconsin attorney general’s request to put gay marriages on hold in the state. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb scheduled the hearing for 1 p.m. Monday.
A federal judge has struck down Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage, ruling it unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb issued the ruling Friday, but it wasn’t clear whether same-sex marriages could immediately begin.
Seven couples filed a federal lawsuit Friday challenging the constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage in North Dakota, making it the last state in the country with a ban to be sued by gay couples seeking the right to marry in their home state.
The Janesville School District superintendent has issued a public apology for the showing of a video she describes as pro-gay marriage. The Wisconsin State Journal reports in April, Craig High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance showed “Kids React to Gay Marriage.”
A lesbian couple plans to exchange vows Saturday in Minnesota, then be the first South Dakota residents to legally challenge the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and its refusal to recognize such nuptials. Nancy Robrahn, 68, and Jennie Rosenkranz, 72, of Rapid City, have been together 27 years. Minneapolis lawyer Joshua Newville said Friday he took the case after the couple was unable to find an attorney in South Dakota.
A federal judge has asked the American Civil Liberties Union to reconsider its request to temporarily block Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban. The American Civil Liberties Union wants U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to issue a temporary order nullifying the ban while she weighs the organization’s lawsuit challenging it.
A Republican state representative who broke with most in her party to support legalizing gay marriage says she won’t run for re-election next year. Rep. Andrea Kieffer of Woodbury said in a prepared statement that she was honored to serve but that she never intended the Legislature to be her career.
Three same-sex couples in state custody as sex offenders are seeking marriage licenses under Minnesota’s gay marriage law. The new law is causing thorny questions for state officials who supervise incarcerated people.
St. Louis County saw the fourth-highest demand for marriage licenses by gay couples in the first month they were allowed to wed in Minnesota. The county had 69 same-sex couples apply for licenses in August.
Opponents of gay marriage say they are not giving up. As many same-sex couples legally tied the knot on Thursday, they announced a major initiative to oust Minnesota House members who voted for legalizing marriage equality.
Small-town Minnesota residents are getting a look at the state under its new gay marriage law as weddings break out far from the metropolitan area where support was strongest for the change.
While Thursday marked a day of celebration for many same-sex couples, the journey toward legal marriage equality in Minnesota hasn’t been an easy one. For many, it’s been a lifetime struggle.