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Appeals court joins, fast tracks Indiana, Wisconsin same-sex marriage cases

| Friday, July 11, 2014
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CHICAGO -- A federal appeals court has combined Indiana and Wisconsin's gay marriage cases and put them on the fast track. The move Friday by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago comes a day after Wisconsin's attorney general filed a notice of appeal of a federal judge's ruling last month striking down that state's ban on same-sex marriages.

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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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Lawsuit alleging civil rights were violated when gay couples married is dismissed

| Monday, June 30, 2014
Bob Braun
MILWAUKEE — A lawsuit filed by a Wisconsin man who claimed that his civil rights were being violated because same-sex couples were marrying has been dismissed. Bob Braun of West Allis, Wis., filed a small-claims suit against Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele for issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples earlier...

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Republican senator: Time for the GOP to quit fighting same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)
A Republican U.S. Senator from Wisconsin said Monday it was time for the GOP to beyond social issues such as same-sex marriage and focus on economic policy ahead of the 2014 and 2016 elections, arguing that the party should allow voters and states to enact marriage equality. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said in an appearance on...

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More lawsuits expected in Wisconsin over recognition of same-sex marriages

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Mel Freitag, left, and Amber Sowards, of Madison, Wis., get married by Daniel Floeter, family court commissioner, outside the City-County Building on Friday, June 6, 2014, in Madison after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Sowards, who is six months pregnant, has been with Freitag for six years.
MADISON, Wis. -- Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union in Wisconsin are looking at whether to file lawsuits on behalf of same-sex couples who got married after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on gay marriages.

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Wis. governor, Democratic challenger spar over same-sex marriage

| Monday, June 16, 2014
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) and Democratic challenger Mary Burke
MADISON, Wis. -- Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke sparred over same-sex marriage on Monday, with Burke saying the Republican incumbent was waffling on whether he believes gay couples should be able to get married in Wisconsin. Both Burke and Walker were asked about their positions on gay marriage during separate events in Madison.

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Wis. Democrats seek federal benefits for married, same-sex couples

| Monday, June 16, 2014
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)
MILWAUKEE -- The four Democratic members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to recognize the marriages of gay couples who recently wed in Wisconsin. More than 500 couples wed from June 6 to Friday after a federal judge declared Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

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More than 500 married, same-sex couples in Wisconsin left in legal limbo

| Saturday, June 14, 2014
Rev. Tony Larsen and his partner Craig Matheus are refused a marriage license by Racine County Clerk Wendy Christensen in the clerk's office inside the Racine County Courthouse on Friday, June 13, 2014.
MILWAUKEE -- A federal judge's order for Wisconsin officials to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses didn't address the legal status of the more than 550 gay marriages conducted in the last week, and subsequent statements by state officials have not removed the uncertainty.

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