same-sex marriage

While today marks a major victory for gay rights in the U.S., the anniversary of a major moment in gay rights history is this weekend. The infamous Stonewall Inn was the site of a police raid 46 years ago. 

The raid on the bar with a mainly gay and lesbian clientele sparked a riot, which is itself seen as a landmark moment in the history of the LGBT civil rights movement.

The latest Marquette poll results show a majority of Wisconsinites agree with this year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the country.

That ruling came on the heels of a separate court decision in 2014 that effectively voided Wisconsin’s prohibition of them, as well.

Same sex marriage is now legal in every state across the country. The U.S. Supreme Court made it so on Friday. In Wisconsin, due to court decisions, same-sex marriage has been the lay of the land for nearly a year. 

The courts overturned the ban state voters had approved. While reaction to today’s decision is mixed – Gov. Walker called it a ‘grave mistake’, we caught up with several local people directly affected.

Bill Hurtubise-Palmer and his partner have been together for nine years, and on April 25, they made it official.

States cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions, the Supreme Court says in a ruling that for months has been the focus of speculation. The decision was 5-4.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as a pivotal swing vote in the case, wrote the majority opinion. All four justices who voted against the ruling wrote their own dissenting opinions: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

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As soon as Thursday, the Supreme Court could decide the fate of millions of same-sex couples nationwide. In a ruling covering four cases, the court will determine whether states can prohibit same-sex marriage, as 13 states currently do.

It's always tough to predict how the court will rule but, broadly speaking, there are three main possibilities: the simplest is that the court declares state marriage bans unconstitutional, meaning states will all perform and recognize same-sex marriage. That's a pretty simple outcome, but things get much trickier in the other two cases.

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It’s May in Wisconsin, which means invitations for those summer weddings are beginning to hit the mail. What’s new this year, here and in many states, is the fact that same-sex partners can now marry. 

The change could mean more business for wedding planners. It’s estimated that same-sex weddings could add up to $2.5 billion to the U.S. economy. Wisconsin’s share could approach $30 million.

People have been lining up outside the U.S. Supreme Court for days hoping that they will be among the lucky ones to get a seat for Tuesday's historic arguments on gay marriage.

As of now, gay marriage is legal in 36 states. By the end of this Supreme Court term, either same-sex couples will be able to wed in all 50 states, or gay marriage bans may be reinstituted in many of the states where they've previously been struck down.

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Karina Willes and Kami Young were married in Minnesota in late 2013. The spring of the next year, Young gave birth to their daughter, Olivia. And Willes attempted to get her name included on the girl’s birth certificate, receiving advice from the ACLU on how to do that.  

“And it was suggested that we cross off the field on the form said ‘husband’ and change it, and we attempted to do so. The hospital representative told us that she couldn’t submit the form that way, that the software that she used to submit the form wouldn’t accept my information in that field,” Willes says.

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There’s lots of buzz surrounding same-sex marriage in Wisconsin. Organizers of an LGBT wedding expo in Wauwatosa hope it carries over to their event.

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Hundreds of same-sex couples who rushed to wed during a short window in June, will not have to reapply for a marriage license.

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The Supreme Court yesterday declined to take up an appeal of a ruling overturning Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban, and that of four other states. 

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Milwaukee County has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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Voters here banned same-sex marriage in 2006. This year, federal courts overturned the ban.

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U.S. Appeals Court in Chicago ruled unanimously Thursday that the same-sex marriage bans in both Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional.

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A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals listened to each side make its case Tuesday and sometimes responded with questions.

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