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Wisconsin court: State’s Domestic Partner Registry is constitutional

Monday, December 24, 2012
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals on Friday upheld as constitutional the state's Domestic Partner Registry, affirming a lower court decision that the law does not violate the state's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Tammy BaldwinFile photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Tammy Baldwin assigned to key Senate panels for LGBT issues

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin has landed seats on Senate committees that may address key issues that persist for the LGBT community in the coming Congress, including employment discrimination and school bullying. [ Read more → ]
Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin to become first openly-LGBT U.S. Senator

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., has become the first openly LGBT candidate to win election to the U.S. Senate. [ Read more → ]
Mark Pocan

Mark Pocan will be next openly-LGBT member of Congress

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Democratic Wisconsin State Rep. Mark Pocan will succeed Rep. Tammy Baldwin in the U.S. House of Representatives, marking the first time an openly LGBT member of Congress will be followed by another in the same Congressional District. [caption id="attachment_67197" align="alignright" width="300"] Mark Pocan[/caption] Pocan easily... [ Read more → ]

Baldwin has narrow lead in U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin, polls show

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Two polls out today show Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), holding a slim lead over former Gov. Tommy Thompson in the race to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate. [ Read more → ]

Marquette University Law School poll shows Baldwin leading Thompson

Thursday, September 20, 2012
MILWAUKEE, Wis. — A new Marquette University Law School Poll released Tuesday shows the Democrat candidate for the U.S. Senate, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, leading her Republican challenger former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, 50 percent to 41 percent. [ Read more → ]

Wisconsin Supreme Court turns down appeal on domestic partner registry

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court has declined to take up a case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s domestic partnership registry law until it’s gone through the normal appeals process. [ Read more → ]
Tommy Thompson

Dems call on Thompson to fire senior adviser who gay-baited Tammy Baldwin

Friday, September 14, 2012
Democrats are calling on GOP U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson to fire his campaign’s senior communications adviser more than a week after he sent out messages attacking rival Tammy Baldwin’s “heartland values” because of her sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

Senate candidate’s senior adviser attacks Baldwin for her sexual orientation

Saturday, September 8, 2012
The senior political adviser for former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson’s U.S. Senate campaign has posted a Twitter message questioning rival Tammy Baldwin’s suitability for the office due to her sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

Out Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin addresses Democratic Convention

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), one of only four openly-LGBT members of Congress, took the podium at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday, in a a prime-time opportunity to introduce herself to the nation. [ Read more → ]

Meet Tammy Baldwin’s opponent for U.S. Senate: Tommy Thompson

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The build up over whom lesbian U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin will face in the general election came to an end Tuesday night when Wisconsin voters gave the GOP nomination to former Gov. Tommy Thompson. [ Read more → ]

Gay congressional candidate wins key primary in Wisconsin

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The next openly gay member of Congress will almost certainly be Wisconsin State Rep. Mark Pocan, a progressive small business owner who won the Democratic primary tonight in the Congressional District that has been represented by Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin for the past 14 years. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.)

Advocacy groups seek to raise $3.5 million for Baldwin’s U.S. Senate bid

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A trio of advocacy groups has launched an independent expenditure campaign with a goal of raising $3.5 million to help Rep. Tammy Baldwin in her bid to become the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate. [ Read more → ]
Tammy Baldwin

$1 million attack on Tammy Baldwin’s Senate campaign produces little

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Two separate half-million dollar attack ad campaigns targeting U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) in the Wisconsin Senate race may have produced zip for the special interest groups that launched them. [ Read more → ]

Wisconsin anti- transgender law stuck down

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
There are particular moments in the movement for transgender equality when we consider it a great victory when a court refuses to hear a case—and today is one of those moments. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal brought by the State of Wisconsin after Lambda Legal, the ACLU and the ACLU of Wisconsin successfully challenged a state law that prohibits medically necessary treatment for transgender people in prison. [ Read more → ]
Tammy Baldwin

Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin declares run for U.S. Senate

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Democratic U. S. Representative Tammy Baldwin on Tuesday morning declared her candidacy for a U.S. Senate seat in her home state of Wisconsin. The seat is being vacated by fellow Democrat, Senator Herb Kohl, who announced in May that he would be retiring. [ Read more → ]

Seventh Circuit Court strikes down transphobic Wisconsin law

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has struck down Wisconsin's ban on hormone treatments for transgender prisoners. [ Read more → ]

Following New York victory, will marriage equality spread to other states?

Monday, June 27, 2011
We did it! New York Marriages can start in less than a month. That success gives us new leverage in the 44 states that have yet to enact marriage equality. We also won victories this week in Wisconsin and Maryland... [ Read more → ]
Wisconsin Domestic Partners Tamara Packard (left) and Renee Herber on August 3, 2009.

Wisconsin judge rules domestic partner registry is constitutional

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
A judge in Wisconsin on Monday ruled that domestic partnerships are not substantially similar to marriages, and that such partnerships do not violate the state’s 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Mark Pocan

Openly gay Wisconsin lawmaker considers House bid if Baldwin runs for U.S. Senate

Monday, June 6, 2011
An openly gay Wisconsin state lawmaker has confirmed he is "seriously considering" a run for the U.S. House of Representatives if Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) vacates her seat in a bid for the U.S. Senate. [ Read more → ]

Bad news this week: anti-gay bill passes in Minnesota, slow progress in New York

Monday, May 23, 2011
It's almost all bad news this week, with an anti-gay measure gaining ground in Minnesota, slow progress in New York, a resignation in North Carolina, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker staking out a position against LGBT hospital visitation. [ Read more → ]
Scott Walker

WI governor wants to strip domestic partner benefits from gay couples

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has asked a judge to allow his state to stop defending a new domestic partner registry that grants gay couples hospital visitation and other rights, because he said it violates the state constitution. [ Read more → ]
Judge Philip Kirk

Judge calls convicted child molester ‘gayer than a sweet-smelling jock strap’

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
A Wisconsin judge on Monday sentenced a 71-year-old former bus driver to seven years in prison on charges of sexually assaulting boys, telling him, "I think you were born gayer than a sweet-smelling jock strap.” [ Read more → ]

Wisconsin supreme court upholds ban on gay marriage, civil unions

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 7-0 Wednesday to uphold the state’s constitutional ban on same sex marriage and civil unions, saying the 2006 constitutional amendment was properly put to voters in a statewide referendum. [ Read more → ]
Wisconsin Flag Closeup

Wisconsin supreme court to rule on gay marriage suit

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is expected to rule Wednesday on the state's ban on gay marriage -- the lawsuit claims the vote in question violated the constitution because it asked two questions within the same vote. [ Read more → ]
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