Entangling marriage into a political jujitsu

Steve Chapman: "The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) specializes in a form of political jujitsu, leveraging its foes' weight against them."

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Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds marriage equality ban

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the state's constitutional ban on the freedom to marry and civil unions.

In a 7-0 ruling, the court on Wednesday ruled that the 2006 constitutional amendment was properly put to voters in a statewide referendum.

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Wisconsin State Supreme Court Won’t Take Case on Domestic Partnerships

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 4, 2009
The Wisconsin state Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to take an anti-gay case asking the court to strike down the state's new domestic partnership law for same-sex couples. [Link]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court to Hear Marriage Equality Case

Fox11Online.com (Madison, WI)
November 2, 2009

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Tuesday morning a Northeast Wisconsin man’s appeal of a judge's ruling that the man did not have standing to challenge the constitutionality of a state amendment banning marriage equality. [Link]

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Lambda Legal Joins Fair Wisconsin in Fight to Save Legal Protections for Same-Sex Couples and Their

Fair Wisconsin
September 22, 2009
In court papers that will be filed today, Lambda Legal is seeking to intervene on behalf of Fair Wisconsin and its members in a lawsuit brought by an antigay group attempting to strip away newly enacted domestic partnership protections for same-sex couples and their families. [Link]

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EDITORIAL: Domestic Partners Deserve Benefits in Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Journal
August 17, 2009
The Wisconsin State Journal editorial board supports the state's domestic partnership registry, but believes including it in the state budget left the registry vulnerable to legal challenges such as the one recently mounted by the anti-gay group Wisconsin Family Action. [Link]

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OP-ED: Wisconsin Domestic Registry is Step in the Right Direction

Wasau Daily Herald
August 7, 2009
The Wasau Daily Herald editorial board supports Wisconsin's new domestic partnership registry as a step in the right direction, though notes that, "The rights granted to same-sex couples under the state's new domestic partner registry are not nearly the eqivalent of those provided to married couples." [Link]

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Voice for Equality: Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin is currently serving her fifth term as a U.S. representative for Wisconsin’s 2nd district, which includes her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. She attended Smith College and received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1986, while still in law school, Tammy began her foray into politics by serving on the Dane County Board of Supervisors, a position she held until 1994. Tammy subsequently served on the Madison, Wisconsin City Council and then the Wisconsin State Assembly, until assuming the office of U.S. Congresswoman in 1999. Congresswoman Baldwin has been a trailblazer on many fronts. She is the first woman to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Congress. Moreover, she was the first ever openly gay non-incumbent and first lesbian to be elected a U.S. Representative. She has been a strong voice for equality for gay Americans and serves on the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.

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Feingold is courted to push bill to overturn federal marriage ban

The Washington Blade
July 31, 2009
Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Constitution Subcommittee, is considered a prime candidate to sponsor the Senate version of a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Feingold, whose panel has jurisdiction over DOMA, was one of 14 senators not to vote in favor of the law in 1996. [Link]

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Wisconsin same-sex couples begin registering as domestic partners

The Star Tribune - Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 3, 2009
Protections put in place for gay couples through legislation contained in the Wisconsin state budget, signed by Democratic Governor Jim Doyle on June 29, took effect Monday. Provisions in the spending plan grant same-sex couples some of the same legal protections as spouses, including hospital visitation, inheritance, and medical leave rights. [Link]

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