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Wis. teen candidate drops out of race as more anti-gay, racist remarks surface

| Tuesday, September 16, 2014
jacob-dorsey
JANESVILLE, Wis. — The 19-year-old Republican candidate for the Wisconsin state Assembly, who apologized last week for calling gays “fags” in a Twiiter post last year, has suspended his campaign and dropped out of the race after additional racist and homophobic comments he made on social media surfaced Tuesday.

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Wis. AG asks federal appeals court to stay same-sex marriage ruling

| Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R-Wis.)
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is asking a federal appeals court to stay a ruling that Indiana and Wisconsin's same-sex marriage bans were unconstitutional. Van Hollen's office said Tuesday it was requesting the stay out of "an abundance of caution."

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19-year-old Wis. assembly candidate apologizes for Tweet calling gays ‘fags’

| Monday, September 15, 2014
Jacob Dorsey
JANESVILLE, Wis. -- A 19-year-old Republican candidate for the Wisconsin state Assembly has apologized for describing gays as "fags" in a Christmas day Twiiter post expressing disapproval over a same-sex marriage ruling. Five months before announcing his candidacy, Jacob Dorsey tweeted “fags need 2 leave my favorite state alone" after the ...

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Marriage News Watch: Supreme Court to consider cases, Ninth Circuit recap

| Monday, September 15, 2014
Gay rights advocates Stuart Gaffney, at left, and John Lewis, with the group Marriage Equality USA, wait to enter a hearing on the issue of gay marriage outside of the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in San Francisco. For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is readying to hear arguments over same-sex weddings in a political and legal climate that's vastly different than when it overturned Proposition 8 in 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The number of marriage cases before the Supreme Court keeps climbing, with the Court scheduled to decide which ones to take in just a few weeks. Plus, couples file new briefs in Texas, and appeal last week's anti-gay ruling from a federal judge in Louisiana. These stories and more in this week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the ...

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Wisconsin judges grant adoptions by same-sex couples

| Thursday, September 11, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. — At least two Dane County, Wis., judges have granted adoptions by same-sex couples, thereby recognizing their marriages. In the latest case Wednesday, Kat Riley adopted the 2-year-old biological daughter of her partner, Teresa Riley. And, Teresa Riley adopted her spouse's 4-year-old biological son. The Rileys were married in Iowa last year.

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Study: 24,000 transgender voters could be disenfranchised in November

| Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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LOS ANGELES – Ten states’ strict voter ID laws may create substantial barriers to voting and possible disenfranchisement for more than 24,000 transgender voters this November. According to a new study entitled, “The Potential Impact of Voter Identification Laws on Transgender Voters in the 2014 General Election,” authored by the Williams Institute’s ...

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Indiana, Wisconsin appeal same-sex marriage rulings to U.S. Supreme Court

| Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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Attorneys general for Wisconsin and Indiana each tried to convince the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday that his state's gay marriage case should be the one to decide the contentious issue for the country. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and his Wisconsin counterpart, J.B. Van Hollen, separately asked the nation's highest court to reverse a 7th Circuit ...

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Judge Posner’s gay marriage opinion is a witty, deeply moral masterpiece

| Monday, September 8, 2014
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Mark Joseph Stern at Slate, on U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner’s scathing rebuke of same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin: "In his opinion, Posner does not sound like a man aiming to have his words etched in the history books or praised by future generations. Rather, he sounds like a man who has listened to all the arguments against gay marriage...

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Marriage News Watch: Massive victory in 7th Circuit, problems with ruling in La.

| Monday, September 8, 2014
Cody Huston, left, and Tina Cady, both of Madison, embrace after getting married Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Madison, Wis. On Friday a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.
A massive victory for equality in Wisconsin and Indiana, with one of the most strongly-worded decisions yet. A judge in Louisiana has ruled against marriage equality, but there are some problems with his ruling. There are major oral arguments this week in multiple states, and more cases move closer to consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Wis. school district adopts policy for transgender students

| Friday, September 5, 2014
Janesville-WI
JANESVILLE, Wis. -- A Wisconsin school district has adopted a policy allowing transgender students to use the bathroom and locker room of the gender with which they identify if it's OK with their parents and principals. The Janesville Gazette reported Friday that the Janesville School Board adopted the policy to bar discrimination based on gender identity...

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