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Marriage equality advocates deliver more than 3,000 petitions to Wis. AG’s office

| Friday, August 22, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- Marriage equality advocates on Thursday dropped off more than 3,200 petitions at the Wisconsin Attorney General's office, hoping to assert some last minute influence ahead of Tuesday's hearing on the state's same0sex marriage ban at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

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AG wouldn’t defend partner registry, but will defend same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R-Wis.)
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he stands by his decision not to defend Wisconsin's domestic partner registry. The Wisconsin Supreme Court said Thursday that the registry giving limited benefits to same-sex couples does not violate the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The registry was enacted ...

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Marriage News Watch: State lawyers ignore public support for marriage equality

| Monday, July 28, 2014
AP
The rules have changed yet again this week in Colorado, with new rulings on marriage from multiple courts. New polls show growing support for equality in western states, but multiple Attorneys General have filed new briefs to stop gay and lesbian couples from marrying. And another Republican member of Congress has come out in favor of the freedom to marry...

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Wis. AG tells appeals court same-sex marriage isn’t a fundamental right

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R-Wis.)
MILWAUKEE -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the U.S. constitution's equal protection clause doesn't apply in cases involving sexual orientation and there's no fundamental right for same-sex couples to marry. Van Hollen made his arguments in a brief filed Wednesday with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

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Wis. Democratic lawmakers ask Walker to drop same-sex marriage appeal

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Democrats are asking Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to drop their defense of the state's gay marriage ban, arguing it's a waste of money. Fifteen Democratic state senators and 25 Democratic representatives sent letters to Walker and Van Hollen on Wednesday.

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Wisconsin AG files appeal in same-sex marriage ruling

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R-Wis.)
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin has appealed a federal judge's ruling from last month striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriages as unconstitutional. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen filed the appeal on Thursday as he indicated at the time of the original ruling he would. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled on June 6 that the ban...

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Judge won’t speed up decision in request to lift same-sex marriage stay

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb
MADISON, Wis. -- A federal judge will not speed up the briefing schedule in the American Civil Liberties Union request that she lift a stay on gay marriages in Wisconsin. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb on Wednesday said she would stick to the current schedule, which gives Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen until Thursday to file an appeal to the request...

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ACLU asks federal judge to lift stay in Wisconsin same-sex marriage ruling

| Thursday, July 3, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal judge to lift a stay on same-sex marriages in Wisconsin. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb found the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional in an ACLU lawsuit June 6, sending same-sex couples rushing to courthouses to marry.

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Wis. AG threatens clerks could face prosecution for issuing same-sex marriage licenses

| Thursday, June 12, 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R-Wis.)
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen warned county clerks Thursday that prosecutors could charge them for issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, saying the state's gay marriage ban remains in effect despite a federal judge's ruling that it's unconstitutional.

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Federal appeals court wants briefs in Wis. same-sex marriage stay request

| Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Natalie, left, and Heather Starr, with their daughter Libby, say their vows in front of Rev. Roger Bertschausen on the steps of the Outagamie County administration building on Monday, June 9, 2014 in Appleton, Wis. They are the first same sex couple to be married in the county.
MADISON, Wis. -- It looks like a federal appeals court won't rule on whether to halt same-sex marriages in Wisconsin until at least Wednesday. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to issue an emergency stay to halt same-sex marriages while he appeals.

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