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September 15, 2014

A lesbian couple in Dane County have been granted permission to adopt each other’s children – while a final decision is still pending from the US Supreme Court on same-sex marriage in the state

Although same-sex marriage in Wisconsin remains barred for the time being, two judges in the state have granted adoptions that recognize the marriage of same-sex couples. Adoptions by same-sex couples have previously been illegal in the State.

A ban on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin was overruled in June when federal Judge Barbara Crabb said that the ban was unconstitutional. Over 500 same-sex couples rushed to take advantage of their legal ability to marry.

September 15, 2014

A lesbian couple in Dane County have been granted permission to adopt each other’s children – while a final decision is still pending from the US Supreme Court on same-sex marriage in the state

Although same-sex marriage in Wisconsin remains barred for the time being, two judges in the state have granted adoptions that recognize the marriage of same-sex couples. Adoptions by same-sex couples have previously been illegal in the State.

A ban on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin was overruled in June when federal Judge Barbara Crabb said that the ban was unconstitutional. Over 500 same-sex couples rushed to take advantage of their legal ability to marry.

September 10, 2014

A total of seven cases are now vying for review by nation's highest court

The attorney generals of both Indiana and Wisconsin petitioned the US Supreme Court on Tuesday (9 September) to review appeals court rulings that struck down gay marriage bans in their states.

Plaintiffs in both cases agree with the request to have the cases heard by the nation's highest court.

The latest two states to make this request are competing with similar requests made in cases in several other states including Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma.

September 10, 2014

Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Indiana cases in the running as justices meet on September 29

Justices of the US Supreme Court will meet later this month (29 September) to discuss whether to take on a gay marriages case during its next term which begins in October.

The high court indicated on Wednesday (10 September) that it will meet in a private conference to consider whether to grant review of appeals in cases challenging marriage bans in Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

September 6, 2014

'The status quo has not changed with today’s ruling'

J.B. Van Hollen, Wisconsin's attorney general, promises to take his battle against marriage equality to the US Supreme Court.

September 4, 2014

'...The only rationale that the states put forth with any conviction – that same-sex couples and their children don’t need marriage because same-sex couples can’t produce children, intended or unintended – is so full of holes that it cannot be taken seriously'

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin are unconstitutional.

The unanimous decision was released today (4 September).

August 27, 2014

States one judge: 'There was a tradition of not allowing black and whites' to marry. 'It was a tradition. It got swept aside'

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago expressed skepticism over gay marriage bans during oral arguments on cases in in Wisconsin and Indiana on Tuesday (26 August).

One member of the three-judge panel, Judge Richard Posner, hammered Wisconsin attorney Timothy Samuelson with questions seeking justification for why his state denies marriage rights to same-sex couples.

When Samuelson said it is a ban that is rooted in tradition, Posner stated: 'That’s the tradition argument. It’s feeble!'

August 22, 2014

US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago has set oral arguments for August 26

The next big legal stage in the fight for marriage equality in the US has been set.

On Tuesday (26 August), the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago will hear oral arguments in gay marriage cases from Wisconsin and Indiana.

The Seventh Circuit's jurisdiction also includes Illinois where same-sex marriage is already legal.

The circuit courts are the final stop before the US Supreme Court which may or may not choose to hear any of the cases recently decided.

August 22, 2014

US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago has set oral arguments for August 26

The next big legal stage in the fight for marriage equality in the US has been set.

On Tuesday (26 August), the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago will hear oral arguments in gay marriage cases from Wisconsin and Indiana.

The Seventh Circuit's jurisdiction also includes Illinois where same-sex marriage is already legal.

The circuit courts are the final stop before the US Supreme Court which may or may not choose to hear any of the cases recently decided.

August 8, 2014

National Organization for Marriage president: Target 'insinuates' that people against gay marriage are 'akin to segregationists and racial bigots'

The National Organization for Marriage, the largest anti-gay organization in the US, is targeting one of the country's largest retailers with a boycott because of its support of gay marriage.

NOM President Brian Brown announced Thursday (7 August) a boycott against Target, a Minnesota-based chain with 2,000 stores nationwide.

The retailer this week signed on to an amicus brief supporting same-sex marriage in pending cases in Wisconsin and Indiana.

August 6, 2014

The Target retail chain, one of the largest corporations in North America, has filed a ‘friend-of-the-court’ brief in a challenge against Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex couples marrying

Target Executive Vice President Jodee Kozlak yesterday announced her company is joining the fight to legalize same-sex marriage in Wisconsin, signing an amicus brief to the US Seventh District Court case appealing the repeal of its ban on gay couples marrying.

July 31, 2014

Justices rule that registry does not violate the state's ban on gay marriage

Same-sex couples still can't get married in Wisconsin but they can continue to register to have some of the rights heterosexual married couples automatically have.

The state's supreme court ruled Thursday (31 July) that a 2009 that established a registry for same-sex couples in 2009 does not violate the state's ban on gay marriage.

The registry grants same-sex couples such things as insurance benefits under their partner's plan, the right to inherit assets upon the death of their partner as well as hospital visitation and medical leave to care for their partner.

July 18, 2014

Will protect employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity

US President Barack Obama has chosen Monday (21 July) as the day he will make good on his promise to sign an executive order to prohibit discrimination against LGBTI employees.

The order will apply to an estimated 28 million people - one-fifth of the US workforce - who work for federal contractors and the federal government.

July 9, 2014

'If not for the strength of athletes like Jason Collins, Michael Sam, and Brian Sims, I would likely still be struggling'

The moment he pushed send on his computer on 4 July, it really was independence day for former college and pro football player Brad Thorson.

He had just published a blog post in which he came out as gay to everyone he knows and plenty of people he didn't know.

'I'm putting it in writing and not looking back,' he wrote. 'I'm gay.'

July 5, 2014

Alex Walker served as a witness to the wedding of a lesbian family member, the cousin of his mother

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker might no longer publicly announce his position on gay marriage, but one of his sons doesn't mind participating in one.

On 9 June Alex Walker, a rising University of Wisconsin-Madison sophomore, was one of the two required witnesses to the marriage of Shelli Marquardt and Cathy Priem.

July 5, 2014

Alex Walker served as a witness to the wedding of a lesbian family member, the cousin of his mother

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker might no longer publicly announce his position on gay marriage, but one of his sons doesn't mind participating in one.

On 9 June Alex Walker, a rising University of Wisconsin-Madison sophomore, was one of the two required witnesses to the marriage of Shelli Marquardt and Cathy Priem.

June 28, 2014

'We can just do away with that state law the same way we did away with sodomy laws'

A candidate from the US midwestern state Wisconsin cautions the removal of same-sex marriage bans leads to incest.

Karen Mueller is a Republican hoping to challenge incumbent Ron King, a Democrat, for Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District.

Earlier this week, at a forum for the GOP candidates, Mueller criticized US District Court Judge Barbara Crabb's ruling against the state's same-sex marriage ban.

June 24, 2014

The Moravian Church in North America’s Northern Province voted Sunday to allow gays and lesbians to become clergy and also to create a religious ceremony by which to bless same-sex unions

The 2014 Synod of the Northern Province of the Moravian Church in North America has approved same-sex clergy and a new religious rite to bless same-sex unions in a vote of 181-62.

The province’s Book of Order will also be revised to reflect the new policy.

The Northern Province is the Moravian Church’s largest province in North America and covers churches in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, California, Ontario and Alberta.

June 23, 2014

'If the voters decide that they want gay marriage I’m not going to oppose it'

US Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, is personally opposed to same-sex couples getting married but he wants his political party to get over it.

Johnson, discussing ways for Republicans to be successful in the 2014 and 2016 elections, said today on CNBC's Squawk Box: 'I’m pretty traditional guy, almost 60 years old. I think marriage is between a man and a woman. But again if the voters decide that they want gay marriage I’m not going to oppose it.'

The senator suggested his party focus on economic issues and foreign policy instead.

June 20, 2014

Pretend conservative Comedy Central talking head Stephen Colbert has pledged to stop talking about opposing same-sex marriage in solidarity with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who has said he will no longer state his opinion on the issue

The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert has promised to no longer state what position he pretends to take on same-sex marriage, mocking politicians who ‘evolve’ on the issue by taking calculated steps towards going public with their support.

Colbert had been reacting to recent comments by Wisconsin state governor Scott Walker in which he said he will no longer have a public position on same-sex marriage after his state’s ban on gay couples marrying was struck down.

June 16, 2014

Madison, Wisconsin bishop Robert C Morlino has claimed that allowing same-sex couples to marry will unleash a domino effect that will destroy civilization

Wisconsin state Catholic bishop for the city of Madison, Robert C Morlino, has claimed that allowing same-sex marriage threatens the very fabric of civilization and will set off a domino effect that will destroy its institutions.

Bishop Morlino made the comments in an online statement published by the Madison Catholic Herald reacting to a Federal Court judge’s 6 June decision to strike down that state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying.

June 16, 2014

Madison, Wisconsin bishop Robert C Morlino has claimed that allowing same-sex couples to marry will unleash a domino effect that will destroy civilization

Wisconsin state Catholic bishop for the city of Madison, Robert C Morlino, has claimed that allowing same-sex marriage threatens the very fabric of civilization and will set off a domino effect that will destroy its institutions.

Bishop Morlino made the comments in an online statement published by the Madison Catholic Herald reacting to a Federal Court judge’s 6 June decision to strike down that state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying.

June 14, 2014

'In light of the stay, we will do everything we can to expedite the case for a quick ruling on appeal'

The judge who struck down Wisconsin's anti-gay marriage law reluctantly issued a stay on her decision while the case is being appealed.

Late last week, US District Court Judge Barbara Crabb ruled LGBTI couples had the right to marry. Yesterday, 13 June, she put a hold on her decision while it's reviewed by the 7th Circuit Court.

June 13, 2014

'You do have many people in Wisconsin basically taking the law into their own hands and there can be legal repercussions for that'

The attorney general for Wisconsin warns clerks, who issued marriage certificates to LGBTI couples, that they could be brought up on charges.

Late last week, US District Court Judge Barbara Crabb struck down the midwestern state's same-sex marriage ban.

On 9 June, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen sought a stay on the ruling to block clerks from releasing licenses to gay couples. Judge Crabb denied the request.