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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 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
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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 violated gay couples' equal protection rights.

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

Monday, August 4, 2014
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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 the arguments in a brief filed with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday.

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

Monday, July 21, 2014
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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 the ban filed an objection Monday to the state's request that the entire appeals court ...

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

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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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 of Appeals consolidated both states' appeals last week. Ten judges sit on the 7th Circuit but three-judge panels ...

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Wis. Democratic lawmakers ask Walker to drop same-sex marriage appeal

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Democrats are asking Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to drop their defense of the state's gay marriage ban, arguing it's a waste of money. Fifteen Democratic state senators and 25 Democratic representatives sent letters to Walker and Van Hollen on Wednesday.

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7th Circuit rejects Wis. bid to join Ind. request for full court marriage hearing

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- A federal appeals court has rejected Wisconsin's initial bid to join Indiana in seeking a full-court hearing on the two states' bans on same-sex marriage. But the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that Wisconsin could file its own request.

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Court schedules arguments in Ind., Wis., same-sex marriage appeals

Monday, July 14, 2014
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A federal appeals court in Chicago will hear arguments in challenges of gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana's on Aug. 13. Federal judges in both states have struck down the bans as unconstitutional. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals consolidated the Wisconsin and Indiana cases on Friday and put them on the fast track.

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