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Wolf and Schumacher v. Walker

Wolf and Schumacher v. Walker is a federal court challenge, filed February 3, 2014, in U.S. District Court in Madison, Wis., by the the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Wisconsin on behalf of four same-sex couples who wish to marry in Wisconsin or are seeking recognition for their legal out-of-state marriages.

On June 6, 2014, the Court granted judgment in favor of Plaintiffs, concluding that the state’s marriage bans violate both the fundamental right to marry and equal protection. On June 13, 2014, the Court entered its final judgment and injunction, but stayed the injunction pending appeal. On July 10, 2014, the state filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. On July 11, 2014, the Court ordered briefs to be filed by Aug. 4, 2014. Arguments are scheduled for Aug. 13, 2014.

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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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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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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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Federal appeals court stays Wisconsin same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- A federal appeals court on Wednesday stayed a ruling that Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month upheld U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb's June ruling that the ban ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Plaintiffs in Wis. marriage appeal: ‘Ban serves no rational government purpose’

Monday, August 4, 2014
MADISON, Wis. — Plaintiffs for eight same-sex couples who challenged Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban are telling a federal appeals court that the ban denies same-sex couples legal protections and serves no rational government purpose. The American Civil Liberties Union made ...

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ACLU objects to Wis. request for full court hearing on gay marriage ruling

Monday, July 21, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- Gay couples challenging Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriages are objecting to the state's request that the full 7th Circuit Court of Appeals hear arguments in the case. American Civil Liberties Union attorneys representing eight same-sex couples challenging ...

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Wis. files new request seeking full court review of same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin attorneys have asked the entire 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear their arguments on upholding the state's gay marriage ban. Federal judges have struck down bans in both Wisconsin and Indiana. The 7th Circuit Court ...

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