Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Wolf v. Walker

What's Happening:

On June 6, 2014, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb overturned Wisconsin's discriminatory state ban on marriage for same-sex couples. Crabb did not stay her ruling, but also did not immediately issue an order blocking the enforcement of the order, leaving it unclear whether same-sex couples could immediately marry. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen appealed the decision. 

An oral argument date has not yet been set. 

Case Background:

On February 3, 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of four same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry in Wisconsin. The lawsuit seeks to overturn a constitutional amendment passed in Wisconsin in 2006 limiting marriage to different-sex couples, as well as strike down a "marriage evasion law" that penalizes Wisconsin couples from marrying out of state. Since same-sex couples are not permitted to marry in the state of Wisconsin, this law leaves same-sex couples no option or way to legally marry and live in their home state.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of four same-sex couples seeking to marry in Wisconsin: Charvonne Kemp and Marie Carlson from Milwaukee; Virginia Wolf and Carol Schumacher in Eau Claire; Roy Badger and Garth Wangemann from Milwaukee; and Judith “Judi” Trampf and Katharina “Katy” Heyning in Madison.

In March 2014, the judge denied requests from the defendants to dismiss the lawsuit, instead setting a briefing schedule and trial date for the case for August 25, 2014 at 9:00 a.m., setting aside five days for arguments.

Halopka-Ivery v. Walker

What's Happening:

On April 16, 2014, private lawyers filed a lawsuit in state court, directly to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, challenging a constitutional amendment that denies respect for marriages legally performed in other states. On May 27, 2014, the Wisconsin Supreme Court said it would not hear the case.

Case Background:

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Katherine and Linda Halopka-Ivery, who hail from Milwaukee. The women married in San Diego, CA in December 2013 but have been living in Wisconsin for more than two years.

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