Wisconsin's gay marraige ban overturned



WISCONSIN BECOMES THE 27TH STATE WHERE SAME SEX COUPLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO
MARRY FOLLOWING A DECISION FRIDAY AFTERNOON FROM U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE BARBARA
CRABB.

THE RULING FOLLOWS A LAWSUIT FILED IN FEBRUARY ON BEHALF OF FOUR GAY COUPLES
BY THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION.   THAT SUIT WAS EVENTUALLY EXPANDED
TO EIGHT COUPLES AS IT WORKED ITS WAY THROUGH THE SYSTEM.

THE WISCONSIN AMENDMENT PROHIBITING GAY MARRIAGE HAS BEEN DEFENDED IN COURT
BY ATTORNEY GENERAL  J.B. VAN HOLLEN.

AT THIS POINT, NO COMMENT HAS BEEN ISSUED BY EITHER THE ACLU OR THE ATTORNEY
GENERAL'S OFFICE.

WISCONSIN'S CONSTITUTION WAS AMENDED BY VOTERS IN 2006 OUTLAWING GAY
MARRIAGE AND SIMILAR ARRANGEMENTS.   IN 2009 THE STATE'S DOMESTIC PARTNER
REGISTRY ATTEMPTED TO SATISFY SOME OF THE UNREST FROM SAME SEX COUPLES  BY
PROVIDING SOME, BUT NOT ALL OF THE BENEFITS OF HETEROSEXUAL COUPLES.

THE STATE HAS BEEN GEARING UP FOR A RUSH OF MARRIAGE APPLICATIONS FROM SAME
SEX COUPLES, ALTHOUGH AT THIS POINT IT IS UNCLEAR WHEN THE FIRST SAME SEX
MARRIAGES COULD TAKE PLACE.

 

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