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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 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
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.)
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
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.)
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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Clerks in Milwaukee, Madison, Wis., begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Monday, October 6, 2014
MILWAUKEE -- County clerks in Milwaukee and Madison are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples who want them. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonald and Milwaukee County Clerk Joseph Czarnezki said Monday that they were ready to issue licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Wisconsin's appeal in its gay marriage [...]

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Wisconsin governor, AG concede same-sex marriage fight is over

Monday, October 6, 2014
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.)
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin's Republican attorney general is conceding the fight to preserve the state's same-sex marriage ban is over. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away appeals from five states, including Wisconsin, seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages. [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court denies review of gay marriage appeals from five states

Monday, October 6, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court turned away appeals Monday from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. No other state cases [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Supreme Court to conference on same-sex marriage cases

Monday, September 29, 2014
This is the week when the U.S. Supreme Court meets to decide whether to take a marriage case. After meeting in conference on Monday, the Justices will announce their decision next week, on October 6th. Currently, cases from Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah and Oklahoma are ready for consideration. The court [...]

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