NEW INFORMATION: Wisconsin to appeal marriage ruling to high court

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's attorney general says he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a federal appellate ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's spokeswoman, Dana Brueck, said in an email to The Associated Press that Van Hollen has always believed the case will be decided in the that court.

U.S. District Judge Barbra Crabb struck down the ban as unconstitutional in June. Hundreds of gay couples married in the week between her decision and her order staying the ruling pending appeal. Van Hollen asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse Crabb but the court refused on Thursday, saying the ban violates the U.S. Constitution.

Brueck says the stay remains in place until all appeals are exhausted.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- One of the couples who sued to overturn Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage says they're very happy but still feeling cautious after an appeals court upheld an earlier decision allowing couples to marry.

Roy Badger, of Milwaukee, says he has hope that he and his partner, Garth Wangemann, will be "able to live in Wisconsin with full equality, that we won't be considered second-class citizens."

But Badger and Wangemann also say they remain cautious until they see what the U.S. Supreme Court does.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he plans to appeal Thursday's appeals court decision to the high court.

Wangemann says the couples involved in the lawsuit have been expecting that, but the appeals court decision is still cause for "a little bit of celebrating."
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CHICAGO (AP) -- A U.S. appeals court in Chicago has ruled that gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional.

Thursday's decision by a three-judge panel at the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals bumps the number of states where gay marriage will be legal from 19 to 21. The decision was unanimous.

The Wisconsin and Indiana cases shifted to Chicago after their attorneys general appealed separate lower court rulings in June tossing the bans. The 7th Circuit stayed those rulings pending its own decision.

During oral arguments in August, one judge appointed by a Republican likened same-sex marriage bans to laws once barring interracial marriage. Judge Richard Posner said they derived from "hate ... and savage discrimination" of gays.

The states argued the prohibitions helped foster a centuries-old tradition.



 
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