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ACLU files new lawsuit seeking recognition of Wis. same-sex marriages

| Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Kem Highfill, left, and Richard Rehm fill out their marriage license at county clerks office Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Madison, Wis. after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.
MADISON, Wis. -- The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking recognition of Wisconsin gay couples who married in June after a judge temporarily blocked the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit in February challenging the ban. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb found the ban was unconstitutional in June ...

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Attorney who fought ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ dies after bicycle collides with truck

| Monday, September 1, 2014
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SEATTLE -- The bicyclist who died in a collision with a truck in downtown Seattle on Friday has been identified as a well-respected attorney who was part of the American Civil Liberties Union legal team that successfully challenged the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gay service members.

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Federal appeals court judges bristle at ‘traditional’ marriage argument

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014
ACLU attorney Ken Faulk, center, talks to reporters surrounded by plaintiffs and supporters of gay marriage, after Faulk participated in a hearing before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the challenges to Indiana and Wisconsin's gay marriage ban Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Chicago.
CHICAGO -- Federal appeals court judges considering whether to uphold gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin reserved their toughest questions for the states, asking how the bans help society, especially children of same-sex couples. A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the case Tuesday. Judge Richard Posner...

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Mich. same-sex couples seek state recognition of their marriages

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
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DETROIT -- A lawyer urged a judge Thursday to order Michigan to recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages performed during a brief window in March, saying the unions were valid even if a higher court eventually reinstates the state's ban on gay marriage. "The state cannot mandatorily divorce you," University of Michigan law professor Julian Mortenson said during a...

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Attorney: Manning not being provided approved hormone therapy

| Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Chelsea Manning
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning isn't receiving medical treatment for her gender identity condition as previously approved by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the American Civil Liberties Union and Manning's attorney said Tuesday. The ACLU and Manning's civilian attorney, David E. Coombs, on Tuesday notified ...

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New campaign launched to build support for marriage equality in Wisconsin

| Thursday, August 7, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- Gay rights advocates have launched a new website to build support for same-sex marriage in Wisconsin. The American Civil Liberties Union’s Wisconsin chapter along with Fair Wisconsin, a gay rights organization, and Freedom to Marry, a national organization pushing for gay marriage...

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Missouri same-sex marriage case moved to federal court

| Thursday, August 7, 2014
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A lawsuit challenging Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage has been moved to federal court instead of state court. The lawsuit was originally filed in Jackson County by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses. Attorney General Chris Koster's office intervened in the case...

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Plaintiffs in Wis. marriage appeal: ‘Ban serves no rational government purpose’

| Monday, August 4, 2014
Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. — Plaintiffs for eight same-sex couples who challenged Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban are telling a federal appeals court that the ban denies same-sex couples legal protections and serves no rational government purpose. The American Civil Liberties Union made the arguments in a brief filed with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday.

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Marriage equality supporters push for quick ruling in N.C. challenge

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lawyers challenging North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban say they will press for quick legal action after a federal appeals court found a similar law in Virginia is unconstitutional.

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Ind. plaintiffs object to full-court hearing on same-sex marriage ruling

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Attorneys on either side of a lawsuit over Indiana's overthrown same-sex marriage ban are wrangling over how many federal judges should hear the state's appeal, a technical issue that could make a big difference. Those representing gay couples who want the ban overturned permanently – the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, ...

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