Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Marriage Ban

A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled today in favor the freedom to marry and against the state’s marriage ban.

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Momentum Update: How marriage moved forward this week in purple and red states

It’s hard to keep up with the flurry of activity around marriage, particularly in more conservative states. Here’s what’s going on and what you may have missed.

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Litigation Round-Up: The freedom to marry in the courts in VA, WI, NV, UT and OK

In the six months since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down DOMA, dozens of same-sex couples in states across the country have joined together to file lawsuits seeking the freedom to marry. Check out updates from 5 of the 22 states with pending litigation:

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Guest Post: Without my two moms, I would not be the man I am today

Dan Pologe writes a moving essay about growing up with two mothers in Wisconsin. "It is true my upbringing might be different from the ‘norm,’ but the love I received and strong values that have helped to define who I am today was not," he writes.

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Photos: 7 couples from Wisconsin share why marriage matters

Here, Freedom to Marry catches up with seven of the couples who participated in the Shall Not Be Recognized portrait exhibit. They share how life in Wisconsin has progressed in six years and discuss the impact of this year's Supreme Court ruling striking down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

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U.S. Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Pete Visclosky (D-IN) support the freedom to marry

This week, two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) announced their support for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.

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Four new state Democratic Party platforms endorse the freedom to marry

In the past week, the state Democratic Party organizations in Pennsylvania, Montana, Texas and Wisconsin have modified their official platforms to include a plank calling for the freedom to marry.

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11 State Democratic Party Chairs endorse freedom to marry plank

Today 11 State Democratic Party chairs from across the country joined in support of a freedom to marry plank in the party’s national platform. The chairs include John Burton (CA), Jay Jacobs (NY), John Walsh (MA), Ken Martin (MN), Meredith Wood Smith (OR), Boyd Richie (TX), Jake Perkinson (VT), Mike Tate (WI), Dwight Pelz (WA), Jon Wisniewski (NJ), and Joan Wagnon (KS).

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UPDATE: Russ Feingold supports freedom to marry plank

Former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold is the second Co-Chair of Barack Obama's reelection campaign to endorse a freedom to marry plank in the 2012 Democratic Party Platform today.

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Voice for Equality: John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp is an American rock singer-songwriter, musician, painter and occasional actor known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock. In October of 2010, Mr. Mellencamp objected to the use of his recording of "Pink Houses" by the National Organization for Marriage at one of their anti-marriage equality rallies because he is a supporter of the freedom to marry.

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