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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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Wis. AG says he will appeal same-sex marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

| Thursday, September 4, 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R-Wis.)
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin's attorney general says he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a federal appellate ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's spokeswoman, Dana Brueck, said in an email to The Associated Press that Van Hollen has always believed the case will be decided in the that court.

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Federal appeals court issues scathing rebuke of Wis., Ind. gay marriage bans

| Thursday, September 4, 2014
Jake Miller, 30, and Craig Bowen, 35, right, kiss after being married by Marion County Clerk Beth White, center, in Indianapolis, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
CHICAGO -- A U.S. appeals court ruled Thursday that same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violate the U.S. Constitution, in another in a series of courtroom wins for marriage equality advocates. The unanimous decision by the three-judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago bumps the number of states where gay marriage could be legal from 19 to 21.

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Marriage News Watch: 7th Circuit recap, NOM not giving up in Oregon

| Monday, September 1, 2014
The child of a same sex couple sits next to a protest sign during the court hearing on same-sex marriage in Miami on July 2, 2014.
Anti-gay attorneys took a beating before the Seventh Circuit last week, trying and failing to defend marriage bans before a panel of hostile judges. Now all eyes are on the Supreme Court to see which cases they'll take up in their fall session. There's another major marriage argument coming up in a few days. And the National Organization for Marriage still isn't ...

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Federal appeals court judges bristle at ‘traditional’ marriage argument

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014
ACLU attorney Ken Faulk, center, talks to reporters surrounded by plaintiffs and supporters of gay marriage, after Faulk participated in a hearing before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the challenges to Indiana and Wisconsin's gay marriage ban Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Chicago.
CHICAGO -- Federal appeals court judges considering whether to uphold gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin reserved their toughest questions for the states, asking how the bans help society, especially children of same-sex couples. A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the case Tuesday. Judge Richard Posner...

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Wisconsin, Indiana set to defend same-sex marriage bans

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Supporters of gay marriage in Wisconsin and Indiana attend a rally at the federal plaza Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Chicago. The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Tuesday on gay marriage fights from Indiana and Wisconsin, setting the stage for one ruling.
CHICAGO -- The legal skirmish over same-sex marriage shifted Tuesday to a federal appeals court in Chicago as attorneys for Wisconsin and Indiana sought to reinstate bans on gay weddings ruled unconstitutional two months earlier. The outcome of the case also could directly affect hundreds of couples who were married in June after federal judges overturned the bans but ...

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For couples challenging Ind., Wis., marriage bans, the fight is about fairness

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Bonnie Everly, left, and Lyn Judkins, from Chesterton, Ind., embrace during a rally in support of gay marriage at the federal plaza Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Chicago.
The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Tuesday on gay marriage fights from Indiana and Wisconsin, setting the stage for one ruling. Each case deals with whether statewide gay marriage bans violate the Constitution. For the couples challenging the bans, the fight is about fairness and the right to be treated like any other couple. A look at ....

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Wis. rally gives marriage plaintiffs send-off for appeals court hearing

| Monday, August 25, 2014
Brandon Herr, right, and Matt Antonczyk blow bubbles at a rally Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 in Milwaukee as gay couples and their supporters board a bus for a trip to Chicago for a key hearing in the fight against same-sex marriage bans. On Tuesday the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago will hear oral arguments in a combined appeal from Wisconsin and Indiana where same-sex marriage were ruled unconstitutional in June.
MILWAUKEE -- Supporters blew bubbles and held up signs in support of same-sex marriage Monday as same-sex couples boarded a bus for Chicago to listen to oral arguments before a federal appeals court. The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has scheduled arguments for Tuesday in the state's appeal of a federal judge's June decision overturning Wisconsin's ban ...

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Healthcare fears, end-of-life decisions loom large in same-sex marriage cases

| Monday, August 25, 2014
In this May 17, 2013, photo, Niki Quasney, left, talks about her ongoing battle with ovarian cancer as her partner, Amy Sandler, and daughter stand nearby at their home in Munster, Ind. Quasney receives treatment at hospitals in neighboring Illinois because she and Sandler, who wed last year in Massachusetts, fear that a private hospital near their Indiana home might not allow them to be together should Quasney suffer a medical emergency because of the state’s marriage ban.
INDIANAPOLIS -- When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room immediately. But instead of making the short drive to a hospital near her home in Munster, Indiana, she drove alone for more than 40 minutes to one in neighboring Illinois. Quasney said she was "terrified" ...

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