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Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin’s ban on marriage equality

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Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriages was struck down on Friday by a U.S. District Court judge, who ruled that it violated the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, WISN-TV reported.

“My review of that law convinces me that plaintiffs are entitled to the same treatment as any heterosexual couple,” Judge Barbara Crabb wrote (PDF). “I conclude that the Wisconsin laws banning marriage between same-sex couples are unconstitutional.”

The Crabb wrote that an amendment to the state constitution approved by voters in 2006 recognizing only marriages between men and women violated the “fundamental right to marry” of the eight couples who challenged it in the courts.

The ruling makes Wisconsin the 27th state to legalize marriage equality.

[Image: ‘Lesbian married couple, via Shutterstock]

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BUSTED: CNN’s panel of women defending Trump’s racism were literally the ‘Trumpettes’

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

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An illegal trend could be emerging after Trump let Kellyanne Conway off the hook for breaking federal law

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Federal workplaces are supposed to be free of politics, but a Trump administration appointee used a government forum Wednesday to express support for the president’s reelection.

At a conference on religious freedom hosted by the State Department, an official told the crowd of several hundred people that “hopefully he will be reelected,” referring to President Donald Trump.

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