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Wisconsin DOJ didn’t track hours spent defending state’s gay marriage ban

Monday, January 26, 2015
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The state Department of Justice says it doesn't have any records of the hours it spent defending Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban, making the full cost of fighting the case impossible to determine. [...]

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Wisconsin school will not ban children’s book about girl with two moms

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
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The book, "Emma and Meesha My Boy: A Two Mom Story," tells the story of a little girl who learns how to be nice to her cat with the help of her two mothers. [...]

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ACLU dismisses Wisconsin lawsuit seeking recognition of same-sex marriages

Thursday, December 18, 2014
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The state said in October the marriages were valid after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a ruling declaring Wisconsin's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. [...]

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Wisconsin: Baraboo school board adopts transgender athletics policy

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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The Baraboo School Board has amended its athletic and co-curricular activities policy to prohibit discrimination against transgender students. [...]

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Lawyers who fought Wisconsin marriage ban seek $1.2 million in legal fees

Sunday, December 14, 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.
Thirteen lawyers and a team of paralegals spent 2,393 hours on the case; they say the large costs are due to the state's vigorous defense of the ban. [...]

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Out Democrat Mark Pocan elected to 2nd term in U.S. House

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.)
MILWAUKEE -- Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan has won a second term in the U.S. House seat representing the Madison area. Pocan, who is openly gay, defeated Republican Peter Theron on Tuesday. [...]

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Wisconsin insurers open enrollment for married same-sex couples

Sunday, October 26, 2014
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MILWAUKEE -- Several Wisconsin insurance companies are holding special sign-ups so same-sex couples can add spouses to their health plans. The special enrollment periods are needed because gays and lesbians who got married in Wisconsin last summer were unable to add spouses to their coverage amid the uncertainty ... [...]

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Wisconsin governor trumpets opposition to abortion, same-sex marriage

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- Republican Gov. Scott Walker hasn't said much publicly about his positions on abortion or same-sex marriage, but he proudly trumpets his stances on both issues in a letter to a conservative group whose endorsement he wants. [...]

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Wis. governor says state will recognize same-sex marriages performed in June

Monday, October 13, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- Gov. Scott Walker says hundreds of same-sex marriages performed in June will be recognized by the state. There had been questions over whether those marriages would be legally recognized, since they happened when the same-sex marriage ban was blocked only temporarily. [...]

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7th Circuit lifts stays, ending Indiana, Wisconsin same-sex marriage bans

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Tony Larsen, 65, pastor at Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church, left, and partner Craig Matheus, 62, verify their vital information with Joanne Smith, deputy clerk as they apply for a marriage license on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 in the County Clerk's office inside the Racine County Courthouse in Racine, Wis. The Racine County Clerk's office began taking applications for marriage licenses at about noon Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the appeal of a lower court ruling.
CHICAGO -- The federal appeals court in Chicago has issued mandates, formally ending the bans on same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday issued an order lifting a stay that was in place while the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether to hear [...]

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