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Outagamie County will refund marriage application fees for same-sex couples

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Monday, 16 June 2014 15:35

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said he had to defend state law banning same-sex marriage. However, he did not defend state law creating a domestic partner registry for same-sex couples.

Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson announced today that same-sex couples who paid $100 to apply for marriage licenses there last week can receive full refunds in order to get married in another state. Three out of Wisconsin’s four neighboring states support marriage equality.

Wisconsin marriage equality fight. A timeline

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Saturday, 14 June 2014 11:43

A look at the battle over same-sex marriage in Wisconsin, from the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, which filed the lawsuit that led to this month's federal ruling in favor of marriage equality.

Madison makes Top 10 list of most LGBT-friendly cities

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 11 June 2014 16:27

Madison ranked No. 10 on the Queer Index, a listing of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the United States.

The list was released by Vocativ, a "global media organization for the digital generation," and is based on a survey of the country.

PrideFest Milwaukee reports record crowd

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 09 June 2014 15:52

PrideFest Milwaukee has reported a record crowd.

PrideFest Milwaukee reported a record-breaking 31,295 people attended the three-day celebration held June 6-7 at the Summerfest grounds on Milwaukee's lakefront.

Wisconsin Democrats ask U.S. attorney general to recognize gay couples' marriages

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 16 June 2014 13:43

Wisconsin Democrats on June 16 asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples in the state for federal purposes.

Such a decision from the U.S. Justice Department would not be unprecedented.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., on June 13, said Wisconsin deserves better than a governor and an attorney general defending discrimination.

On June 13, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb issued a temporary stay of her ruling that overturned the state's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Wisconsin.

5 things to know about gay marriage in Wisconsin

Written by The AP Wednesday, 11 June 2014 12:33

Hundreds of gay couples have married in Wisconsin since June 6, when a federal judge declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

The ceremonies have largely been concentrated in Milwaukee and Madison, where county clerks kept their offices open Friday night and Saturday to issue licenses. Clerks in other counties began issuing licenses on June 9.

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.

Same-sex couples married in Wisconsin face uncertainty

Written by Carrie Antlfinger,
AP writer
Sunday, 15 June 2014 18:01

J.B. Van Hollen -Photo: onewisconsinnow.org

A federal judge’s order for Wisconsin officials to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses didn’t address the legal status of the more than 550 gay marriages conducted in the last week, and subsequent statements by state officials have not removed the uncertainty.

Report: Van Hollen says clerks could be prosecuted for issuing marriage licenses

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 12 June 2014 13:09

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says that county clerks issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples could be prosecuted.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported online on June 12 on a 30-minute interview with Van Hollen, who has asked a federal court of appeals to overturn a federal district court finding that Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

42 counties issue marriage licenses to gay couples in Wisconsin

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 10 June 2014 04:18

Gay couples across Wisconsin rushed to wed on June 10, as more than half of the counties in the state began issuing licenses ahead of an expected hold on a ruling that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb in Madison struck down the ban on June 6 in an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit challenging the prohibition. But she didn't order county clerks to begin issuing licenses or block them from handing them out. Instead, she asked the ACLU to submit a proposed order spelling out how the organization wants her decision implemented, which the ACLU did late on June 9.

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.