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Marriage News Watch: March 23, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015
It's been nearly two months since marriage was supposed to start in Alabama, and the state still doesn't have its act together, and Texas has filed a lawsuit to prevent married same-sex couples from taking family medical leave. ...

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Wisconsin poll: Marriage equality has had no adverse affect

Monday, March 16, 2015
Even among Republican voters, 74 percent responded that granting marriage rights to same-sex couples hadn't had an adverse impact on their life. ...

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Wisconsin opposes $1.2 million attorney fees in same-sex marriage case

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
The Wisconsin Department of Justice is opposing civil rights advocates' claims for $1.2 million in attorney fees they say they accumulated fighting the state's gay marriage ban. ...

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

Monday, January 26, 2015
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
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
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
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
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 ...

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