Wisconsin Gaze

Judge denies Wisconsin AG’s request for stay in marriage case

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Monday, 09 June 2014 12:58

Jill Winkler, left, and Pamela Dietzler kiss after they were married at the Milwaukee County Courthouse June 6 in Milwaukee. Same-sex couples began getting married in Wisconsin on June 6 shortly after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban and despite confusion over the effect of the ruling. - PHOTO: AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb denied Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s request for a stay of her decision overturning the state's constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage. That means gay couples can continue to get married in the state.

More counties accepting applications for marriage licenses

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 09 June 2014 08:11

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen was turning to the federal district and appeals courts today (June 9), seeking to halt same-sex weddings in the state.

Dozens of gay couples have married since the evening of June 6, following a ruling from U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb overturning Wisconsin's constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriages.

On the record… Reaction to the marriage equality ruling in Wisconsin

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Saturday, 07 June 2014 05:03

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb on June 6 issued a ruling that Wisconsin’s constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. "Quite simply, this case is about liberty and equality, the two cornerstones of the rights protected by the United States Constitution," she wrote in her 88-page opinion.

The response…

Wisconsin Club for Growth sues state election board

Written by lisa neff Saturday, 31 May 2014 11:44

The Wisconsin Club for Growth filed a lawsuit Friday against the state board that oversees elections, arguing that it exceeded its authority and violated the group's rights by investigating ``virtually every conservative-leaning group in Wisconsin.''

The lawsuit, filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court, adds another layer to the already complex legal fight being waged by targets of the probe that focuses on Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign and a host of conservative advocacy groups.

GOP files complaint over challenge to Paul Ryan

Written by The AP Monday, 09 June 2014 10:38

A well-known protester who says he's running against Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan because they share a last name should be kicked off the primary ballot for misleading prospective voters into thinking they were signing up to legalize marijuana, Wisconsin Republicans argued in a complaint filed last week.

The state party asked elections officials to disqualify Jeremy Ryan, the lone primary challenger to the former vice presidential candidate. In their complaint, The party argued many residents thought they were signing a marijuana petition, not one for a congressional challenger to Paul Ryan. The primary is Aug. 12.

Thunderous applause for marriage equality at Milwaukee PrideFest

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Saturday, 07 June 2014 13:58

Shortly after PrideFest Milwaukee's gates opened on June 6, U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that Wisconsin's ban against same-sex marriage "violates the plaintiffs' fundamental right to marry and their right to equal protection of laws under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution."

A thunderous response was heard from Milwaukee's lakefront, where hundreds had gathered for start of the 27th annual PrideFest.  

LoveWinsWI: Gay couples marry in Wisconsin

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Monday, 09 June 2014 04:06

Jill Winkler, left, and Pamela Dietzler kiss after they were married at the Milwaukee County Courthouse June 6 in Milwaukee. Same-sex couples began getting married in Wisconsin on June 6 shortly after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban and despite confusion over the effect of the ruling. - PHOTO: AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps

UPDATED: U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb has scheduled a conference meeting with the parties for 1 p.m. on June 9.

The North Woods takes pride in its gangster past

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:33

Public Enemy No. 1 was a hero in some parts of Wisconsin.

Minocqua resident Bryon Black speaks with a mixture of pride and caution about one of his most prized possessions — a .25 caliber Colt pistol. The black nickel-plated Colt, tucked neatly into a black ankle holster, was given to Black’s grandfather, Ted Blazkowski, by “Skinny” Mazurka, a driver for gangster Al Capone. The gun was taken as payment for Mazurka’s bar tab.

Baldwin responds to federal marriage equality ruling in Wisconsin

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 09 June 2014 09:10

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on June 9 said the federal ruling for marriage equality in Wisconsin is in keeping with the state's motto: Forward.

Baldwin, who is gay, in her statement said: “Love is love, family is family, and discriminating against anyone’s love, against anyone’s family, is just plain wrong.  Wisconsin can proudly say that discrimination doesn’t just violate our values — it violates our Constitution.  And now we can proudly say that marriage equality will be the law of the land in Wisconsin.

Milwaukee County Courthouse to be open today for marriage licenses, birth certificates

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Saturday, 07 June 2014 06:45

The Milwaukee County Courthouse will be open 9 a.m.-1pm today to allow couples to receive marriage licenses.

The courthouse stayed open until 9 p.m. on June 6.

Gay couples marrying in Wisconsin after judge overturns ban

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 06 June 2014 15:05

Jill Winkler, left, and Pamela Dietzler kiss after they were married at the Milwaukee County Courthouse June 6 in Milwaukee. Same-sex couples began getting married in Wisconsin on June 6 shortly after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban and despite confusion over the effect of the ruling. - PHOTO: AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps

U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb on June 6 struck down the amendment to the Wisconsin state constitution preventing same-sex couples from marrying.

Wisconsin protesters respond to Obama decision to delay review of deportations

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 29 May 2014 07:23
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President Barack Obama. - PHOTO: Courtesy

A rally took place on May 29 in Milwaukee to protest President Barack Obama's decision to ask his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer.