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Why Ludell Swenson can't live in downtown Madison anymore

The living room in Ludell Swenson's downtown apartment is purposely sparse. There's a small table where he and his live-in aide share meals and a desk. The furnishings sit flush with the wall, leaving most of the floor space open so that Swenson has a large turning radius for his powered wheelchair. >More
 Women's rights, gay rights and Hobby Lobby

Of the 200 people who turned out to South Towne Mall last weekend to protest Hobby Lobby's refusal to cover select forms of birth control for its employees, three stood out in the crowd: Samantha Burden, 17; Olivia Ravenscroft, 16; and Anna Schmidt, 16. >More
 Madison commission to reconsider ban on dogs in parks

Madison is the fourth-best city in the country to own a dog, according to NerdWallet, a finance blog. The site based its rating on the number of off-leash dog parks per 100,000 residents (3.4); average cost of a veterinarian visit ($44.07) and "walkability." Yet some of the most walkable urban green spaces are off limits to residents who would like to take a stroll with their four-legged friends. >More
 The stay on legal marriage in Wisconsin for same-sex couples leaves their kids without protections

In a recent hearing before U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb, an attorney for the Department of Justice argued that Wisconsin's same-sex marriage lawsuit was solely about the institution of marriage, not about its attendant rights and benefits. The argument prompted Jennifer Quisler, who was sitting in the courtroom, to let out a quiet laugh. >More
 Judge reluctantly stays same-sex marriage ruling; Wisconsin weddings halted pending state appeal

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb late Friday reluctantly stayed her ruling declaring Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional. The marriages that have taken place in Dane County and across the state will now stop, pending Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's appeal of Crabb's ruling. >More
 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! 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
 No stay on Wisconsin's same-sex marriage-ban ruling yet, but judge leaves the door open

U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb turned down Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's request for an immediate stay of her Friday ruling overturning Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage. But she said she might issue one in the future. >More
 More Wisconsin counties join Dane and Milwaukee in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Milwaukee and Dane were the only counties to extend hours into the weekend to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but others around Wisconsin are now following suit. >More
 With no stay from court, marriages of same-sex couples continue for second day in Dane County

Beth Kernan and her partner, Jamie Kernan, decided to celebrate their relationship in September with a large reception even though they were not able to get legally married in Wisconsin at the time. Beth's mom, Linda Kruchten, was among the 200 or so friends and family there, but she didn't shed any tears. Saturday was a different story. >More
 Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen files emergency stay to stop same-sex marriages in Dane and Milwaukee counties

The euphoria at the Dane County Clerk's Office might be short-lived. Even as same-sex couples lined up Friday afternoon to get married following a federal court ruling overturning Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen declared that "current law remains in force." >More
 Federal judge overturns Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban, 'opens window for people to get married'

U.S. District Barbara Crabb has ruled Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. "The marriage amendment and related statutes cannot survive constitutional review," Crabb wrote in her 88-page decision, issued Friday. >More
 Pro-life advocate Vincent Rue assists state in Wisconsin abortion law defense

State Department of Justice lawyers were in court last week defending a 2013 Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic. During the four-day bench trial before U.S. Circuit Judge William Conley, one name came up during the cross-examination of each expert witness for the state: Vincent Rue. >More
 Dane County Clerk's Office prepares for potential reversal of Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban

With U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb expected to rule soon on the constitutionality of Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban, Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell is leaving nothing to chance. If Crabb overturns the prohibition, McDonell expects a rush of same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses at the clerk's office. >More
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