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Democrats want to remove marriage definition in constitutionSubmitted: 06/29/2015
MADISON - Wisconsin Democrats say they want to eliminate nullified language in the state's constitution that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Lawmakers held a news conference Monday to introduce the resolution after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Friday to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states.

The measure is largely symbolic as a federal appeals court struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban last year.

Gov. Scott Walker last week said states should have the power to define marriage.

Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, a Fond du Lac Republican, says the state should eliminate its Domestic Partnership Registry in light of the court's decision. Thiesfeldt says the domestic partnership law is like "marriage lite" and is discriminatory in that it doesn't include heterosexual couples.

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WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court rules same-sex couples can marry anywhere in the United States.

Gay and lesbian couples already could get married in 36 states and the District of Columbia.

The court's ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

The outcome follows two decades of Supreme Court challenges over marriage, and gay rights.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion.

The court was split, with a vote of 5 to 4 that gay couples have a right to marry.

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Judi Trampf of Madison worried the court might strike down gay marriages.

She's happy she doesn't have to worry about her marriage any longer.

(Copyright 2015 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)

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