Marriage Equality

Coverage of the history, debate, popular viewpoints and judicial rulings on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin.


Gary Tipler

An effort is underway to landmark a house connected to a historic piece of legislation. Former lawmaker David Clarenbach lived there while pushing through the Wisconsin Legislature what would become the nation’s first gay rights bill. more

Dec 13, 2017 10:57 AM News

President Donald Trump has said he’s “fine” with same-sex marriage. But local LGBT couples aren’t taking any chances. more

Feb 2, 2017 5:00 AM News

An Isthmus story revealed how a local judge made it nearly impossible for a same-sex couple to become the legal parents to a son born to a surrogate. Rep. Mark Spreitzer says these kinds of stories show why Wisconsin family laws need updating. more

Aug 4, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion

When the Dane County Clerk announced opposite-sex couples could now get the state’s domestic partnership, a few couples were confused: Didn’t they already have that? Suddenly couples have more than one option for tying the knot. more

Jun 2, 2016 3:17 PM News


Joe Tarr

Domestic partnerships were created by Wisconsin in 2009 to give same-sex couples some of the rights that marriage bestowed. On Wednesday, Dane County issued the first domestic partnership to an opposite-sex couple. more

May 25, 2016 6:07 PM News 3 Comments


David Michael Miller

The Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples should not be compared to heroes of civil disobedience. more

Sep 16, 2015 9:54 AM Citizen Dave


David Michael Miller

​Members of the LGBT community were strategic in their successful fight for marriage equality. Wisconsin progressives could learn a lot from from their approach. more

Jul 3, 2015 8:00 AM Opinion

Gov. Scott Walker wants to amend the U.S. Constitution so states can deny marriage rights. He doesn't seem to understand the concept of federal protection of said rights. more

Jul 2, 2015 1:30 PM , Cartoons

A gay reader thinks straight friends are going overboard celebrating same-sex marriage, stealing the spotlight from gay community. more

Jun 29, 2015 12:30 PM Tell All

Social media responses to the historic SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality from Madison, WI and beyond. more

Jun 26, 2015 1:08 PM News

People in Dane County celebrate Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage across the country. more

Jun 26, 2015 12:30 PM News

Dismantling Obamacare or banning same-sex marriage would not have helped the GOP. Read Citizen Dave Cieslewicz. more

Jun 26, 2015 11:38 AM Citizen Dave

The state of Wisconsin has agreed to pay the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin $1.055 million in costs and attorneys’ fees associated with its representation of eight couples who successfully challenged the state’s same-sex marriage ban. more

Mar 27, 2015 7:17 PM News


David Michael Miller

A controversial anti-abortion activist has asked county clerks around the state for copies of marriage license applications processed from June 5 to June 16. Roughly 550 same-sex couples rushed to marry in the week after U.S. District Judge Barbara C more

Oct 14, 2014 3:15 PM News


Eric Tadsen

Standing among the celebrants at the Shamrock Bar Monday night, Katie Belanger had a sobering thought. "My fear is that people will think the work is done, and it's never done," said Belanger, the president of Fair Wisconsin. more

Oct 9, 2014 1:00 PM News

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has all but settled the law on gay marriage, essentially declaring that bans on same sex marriage are unconstitutional, Wisconsin should get started on wiping an ugly smudge off its own state constitution. more

Oct 9, 2014 3:33 AM Citizen Dave


David Michael Miller

In seeking to discredit the unanimous 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that struck down gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana, Julaine Appling took a swing at the "liberal panel of judges" that heard the cases. more

Sep 11, 2014 2:00 PM News


Judith Davidoff

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals struck down bans Thursday on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin and Indiana, but marriages are still on hold at the Dane County courthouse. more

Sep 4, 2014 11:37 PM News

"Please tell me that after last Tuesday's judicial schooling of your Assistant Attorney General Timothy Samuelson that you will finally consider dropping your defense of Wisconsin's clearly unconstitutional ban on marriage equality." more

Aug 30, 2014 6:23 PM Opinion


Carolyn Fath

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago sure knows how to milk courtroom drama. The makeup of the judicial panels assigned to hear oral arguments is kept under wraps until 30 minutes before court is called to order. more

Aug 27, 2014 6:48 PM News