Wisconsin strikes down same-sex marriage ban
MILWAUKEE — A federal judge deemed Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Friday, prompting more than 120 gay couples to rush to county offices to wed and obtain marriage licenses as word of the ruling spread.
The ruling came the same day that seven same-sex couples filed a federal lawsuit challenging North Dakota’s ban on same-sex marriage. North Dakota was the last state where a ban on same-sex marriage still in effect had not been challenged.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, which Wisconsin adopted in 2006, violates gay couples’ fundamental right to marry and their equal protection rights under the U.S. Constitution.