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J.B. Van Hollen says he did not recommend charging county clerks who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

On Thursday, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that county clerks could be charged for issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In a Friday email to state prosecutors, however, Van Hollen said that his comments have received "unfortunate and amplified media attention." >More
 Just married! Same-sex couples in Wisconsin make it legal -- while they can

Love was in the air Monday night when members of the Cocoa Puffs and Green Queens were warming up for their softball game at Bowman Field. "Before we get started, congratulations to all those who got married this weekend," umpire Luke Nelson shouted to players in the Badgerland Softball League, which is an LGBT club. >More
 Just married! How we got to this point in Wisconsin

The way Donna Burkett sees it, it is nobody's business whom she marries. It's why Burkett and her partner, Manonia Evans, went to the Milwaukee County Clerk's office to get a marriage license. But because the women applied for the license in 1971, they were flatly and unapologetically turned away. >More
 Just married! Meet six same-sex newlyweds in Dane County

Renee Currie and Shari Roll were stunned to be the first in line at the Dane County clerk's office on Friday afternoon. The Madison couple, both in their 40s, have been together for about a decade and have long craved the security that heterosexual couples enjoy through marriage. So when word broke that Wisconsin's amendment banning same-sex marriage had been overturned, they rushed to the clerk's office. >More
 The goal of zero waste in Madison

"I'm a recycling geek," says Paul Abramson, "and I've been having fun figuring out how to change the way Madison takes out trash." You'll feel his presence at summer events such as the Northside Independence Day celebration, La FĂȘte de Marquette and Orton Park Festival. He and volunteers will be manipulating you, often subtly, pushing you toward a goal of "zero waste." >More
 Dane County Executive Joe Parisi says new equipment will help remove harmful phosphorus from lakes

An unprecedented lakes cleanup effort is under way, but don't expect the unmistakable summer stink to go away anytime soon. Not for a decade, at least. "As we start adding up these new policies and practices, the results will accumulate," says Don Heilman, director of the Clean Lakes Alliance. "A lot of good work is being done, but we have a ways to go." >More
 Citizen group concedes push for referendum on Judge Doyle Square likely to fail

A citizens group collecting signatures for a petition to force a referendum on Judge Doyle Square conceded Wednesday that it likely won't be able get the more than 16,000 signatures needed to force a vote. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: The thorny issue of Madison's racial divide

Isthmus contributor Rosemary Zurlo-Cuva reported on how Marian Fredal works to bridge Madison's racial divide in the June 6 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the June 5 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Wisconsin attorney general candidate Susan Happ shows up for same-sex marriages

Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ was the only candidate for Wisconsin attorney general to pay a visit to Madison's City-County Building on Saturday. "I just wanted to see history in its making," Happ said of the same-sex couples getting married that afternoon. >More
 Legislative Reference Bureau report tracks Wisconsin lawmaker election trends

It's the kind of report that probably ends up in more recycling bins than reading piles. Released in May, "Tenure, Turnover and Reelection in the Wisconsin Legislature, 1940-2012," a 32-page bulletin from the Legislative Reference Bureau, lives up to its non-scintillating title, and was received accordingly. >More
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