Fed. Judge Strikes Down Wis. Gay Marriage Ban

Law360, Los Angeles (June 6, 2014, 10:12 PM EDT) -- A Wisconsin federal judge on Friday struck down an amendment to the state’s constitution banning same-sex marriage in a lawsuit brought by eight couples who wanted to get married or have their out-of-state marriages recognized, finding it violates equal protection rights under the Fourteenth Amendment.

The couple-plaintiffs filed suit in February seeking marriage rights or recognition. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb granted the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment in the case, saying the marriage amendment and other associated Wisconsin statutory provisions intrude without...
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