Same Sex Marriage
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.
A federal judge in Wisconsin says she is lifting her hold on an order allowing same-sex marriages to take place in Wisconsin. Judge Barbara Crabb declared Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional in June, but she put her ruling on hold a week later while the state appealed. The hold was set to expire as soon as appeals ended.
A civil rights group has filed a lawsuit seeking recognition of gay couples who married in June after a judge struck down Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage.
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 federal judge is set to decide the future of a lawsuit filed by seven couples challenging the constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage in North Dakota.
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.
It’s been over a year since same sex couples have been allowed to legally wed in Minnesota. And in the months since gay marriage has been legal, for some couples, like Tara and Amy, the process of starting a family has changed, as well.
August 1 marks the one year anniversary of gay marriage in Minnesota. Throughout the year thousands of same-sex couples got married. It’s a significant cultural change in a state which rejected gay marriage for years, then witnessed an emotional legislative battle to pass it.
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.