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Wis. couple asks state Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- A same-sex couple has asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to strike down the state's gay marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
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Poll: Majority of Wisconsin voters support marriage equality

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- A new poll released Tuesday finds a majority of Wisconsin voters favor legalizing same-sex marriage, a significant increase over polling five years ago. [ Read more → ]
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Federal judge rejects motion to dismiss challenge to Wis. gay marriage ban

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- A federal judge has denied a motion by the state to stay the case involving the constitutionality of Wisconsin's marriage amendment. [ Read more → ]
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Wis. state attorneys ask judge to dismiss same-sex marriage case

Thursday, March 20, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- State attorneys have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.)

Wis. governor wants judge to delay lawsuit challenging gay marriage ban

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
MADISON, Wis. — Attorneys representing Republican Gov. Scott Walker's administration have asked a federal judge to either delay a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's gay marriage ban or stay out of the case completely. [ Read more → ]
John Hart, APPlaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage appear during a press conference at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wis., Monday, Feb. 03, 2014. The couples, from left, are Judi Trampf and Katy Heyning of Madison, Marie Carlson and Charvonne Kemp of Milwaukee, and Garth Wangemann and Roy Badger of Milwaukee.

ACLU will not seek injunction in Wis. marriage suit, asks for expedited decision

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- The plaintiffs in a lawsuit agreed Tuesday not to ask for a temporary halt to enforcement of Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage and asked a federal judge instead to expedite a decision on the overall case. [ Read more → ]
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Judge won’t block Wis. gay marriage ban while lawsuit moves forward

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
MADISON, Wis. — A federal judge says she won't block Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban while a lawsuit challenging it moves forward. [ Read more → ]
John Hart, APPlaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage appear during a press conference at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wis., Monday, Feb. 03, 2014. The couples, from left, are Judi Trampf and Katy Heyning of Madison, Marie Carlson and Charvonne Kemp of Milwaukee, and Garth Wangemann and Roy Badger of Milwaukee.

ACLU seeks preliminary block on Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban

Friday, February 28, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- Civil rights advocates have asked a federal judge to block Wisconsin's gay marriage ban while their lawsuit challenging the prohibition winds its way through court, arguing same-sex couples could suffer harm if the ban remains in place. [ Read more → ]
Tim Carpenter

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

Thursday, February 13, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- An openly gay Milwaukee legislator has introduced a constitutional amendment that would repeal Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
Jon Richards

Wis. AG candidate says he won’t defend same-sex marriage ban if elected

Monday, February 10, 2014
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- A Democratic candidate for Wisconsin attorney general is starting a petition calling on the state's Department of Justice to stop defending the Wisconsin's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.)

Wis. governor senses ‘no significant movement’ to undo gay marriage ban

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- Gov. Scott Walker, a staunch defender of Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban, said Wednesday that he senses no "significant movement" to undo the law even though a federal lawsuit filed Monday challenges its constitutionality. [ Read more → ]
John Hart, APPlaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage appear during a press conference at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wis., Monday, Feb. 03, 2014. The couples, from left, are Judi Trampf and Katy Heyning of Madison, Marie Carlson and Charvonne Kemp of Milwaukee, and Garth Wangemann and Roy Badger of Milwaukee.

Same-sex couples file federal lawsuit challenging Wis. gay marriage ban

Monday, February 3, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- A group of same-sex couples filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage, arguing the prohibition is unconstitutional and denies them civil rights married couples enjoy. [ Read more → ]
Lexi Lopez-Brandies

Wis. queer youth commits suicide; family, friends say bullying was a factor

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
RACINE, Wis. -- A 14-year-old Wisconsin youth who identified as gender queer committed suicide on Sunday, and now friends and family are coming forward to say that bullying is to blame. [ Read more → ]
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Wis. Supreme Court hears challenge to state’s domestic partner registry

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Conservative attorneys are trying to persuade the Wisconsin Supreme Court to wipe out the state's domestic partner registry. [ Read more → ]
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Wis. Supreme Court to hear arguments on domestic partner registry

Monday, October 21, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to hear arguments this week on whether the state's domestic partner registry is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
St. Mary's Catholic Church, Altoona, Wis.

Wis. Catholic church reconsiders, will not kick out local Boy Scout troop

Thursday, September 19, 2013
ALTOONA, Wis. — A Boy Scout troop will be able to keep its home base at a Catholic church in Altoona. Catholic leaders have reconsidered a tentative decision to have Troop 90 look elsewhere for a place to meet after the Boy Scouts revised a membership policy to allow openly gay boys to join the scouting program. [ Read more → ]
Gary Porter, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel/AP Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak unveils posters of a new ad campaign on Monday encouraging Wisconsin same-sex couples to come to Minneapolis to Marry.

Border wars: Minneapolis mayor brings gay marriage pitch to Wisconsin

Monday, September 9, 2013
MADISON, Wis. — Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak wants same-sex couples in Wisconsin to get married next door in neighboring Minnesota. [ Read more → ]
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Prisoners of love: Wis. gay couples who marry elsewhere could be jailed

Saturday, September 7, 2013
Under an arcane and seldom enforced “marriage evasion” law, Wisconsin same-sex couples who tie the knot in a marriage-equality state, such as neighboring Iowa or Minnesota, could face nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine when they return home as newlyweds. [ Read more → ]
TownMapsUSA

Appleton, Wis., adopts rules banning LGBT housing discrimination

Friday, September 6, 2013
APPLETON, Wis. — Appleton becomes the third city in Wisconsin to adopt rules against housing discrimination based on gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Jerry Prevo

Pastor to gay Scouts: ‘No homosexual will enter the Kingdom of God’

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Three more Boy Scout troops are looking for new meeting spaces after the Christian organizations that help support them have ended their relationships over the national organization's decision to lift its long standing ban on openly gay youth. [ Read more → ]
Wausau-WI

Organizer cancels Wis. pride parade over negative community reaction

Friday, June 21, 2013
WAUSAU, Wis. — The organizer of what would have been the first ever gay pride parade in Wausau, Wis., has cancelled the event, saying he has experienced a wave of ugliness in the community. [ Read more → ]
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Wis. Supreme Court to hear challenge to state’s domestic partner registry

Saturday, June 15, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the state's domestic partner registry, which grants same-sex couples a number of legal rights. [ Read more → ]
Tim Nelson

Discrimination complaint filed against Regis Catholic Schools

Friday, June 7, 2013
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — A New Mexico school principal has filed a discrimination complaint with Wisconsin state regulators against Regis Catholic Schools, contending it rescinded an offer to be its president because of unfounded speculation that he is gay. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), and husband Philip Frank.

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan’s husband receives House Spouse ID

Friday, May 10, 2013
Openly gay U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan’s husband has received an ID issued only to the spouses of federal lawmakers. It is the first time the House has recognized the same-sex husband of a member with the House Spouse ID. [ Read more → ]
Leroy Butler

Wis. church cancels ex-Packer’s speech over congrats tweet to Jason Collins

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Former Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler says he was uninvited from delivering a speech at a Wisconsin church this week because he tweeted favorably about NBA player Jason Collins coming out as gay. [ Read more → ]
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