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Wisconsin Appeals Gay Marriage Case To SCOTUS

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.

09/09/2014

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U.S. Appeals Court Rules Wis. Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

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.

09/04/2014

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Judges Blast Indiana, Wisconsin Gay Marriage Bans

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.

08/26/2014

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Same-Sex Couple Settles Wedding Venue Dispute

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.

08/22/2014

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Wis. Gov. Says He Knew Son Was Witnessing Gay Wedding

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.

07/08/2014

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Wisconsin County To Refund Marriage License Fee

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.

06/16/2014

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Judge To Hold Hearing On Wisconsin Gay Marriages

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.

06/13/2014

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Wisconsin Judge Tells Same-Sex Couples To Hold On

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.

06/09/2014

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Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Gay Marriage Ban

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.

06/06/2014

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Lawsuit Challenges N.D. Gay Marriage Ban

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.

06/06/2014

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School District Apologizes For Gay Marriage Video

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.”

05/14/2014

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Mpls. Mayor To Officiate Wedding For 2 S.D. Women

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.

04/25/2014

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Wis. Judge: Temporary Gay Marriage Ban Block Unlikely

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.

03/05/2014

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House GOP Marriage Equality Backer Won’t Run Again

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.

11/07/2013

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Gay Marriage Law Causes Prisoner Dilemma

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.

09/09/2013

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