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Wisconsin Democrats push for repeal of state’s same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, February 13, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. — An openly gay Milwaukee legislator has introduced a constitutional amendment that would repeal Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban.

Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter

Democratic Sen. Tim Carpenter unveiled the amendment in the state Capitol flanked by a longtime gay couple from Madison and Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, a bisexual Milwaukee Democrat.

Carpenter said the state’s ban makes Wisconsin an island, noting Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois have moved to allow same-sex marriages.

Wisconsin’s remaining 14 Democratic senators co-sponsored the legislation, which faces an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The proposal comes a week after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit that also challenges the state’s gay marriage law.

Fifty-nine percent of voters passed the ban in 2006.

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