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WI Not Likely to Go the Way of Other States on Gay MarriageSubmitted: 05/18/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Wisconsin's neighbor Minnesota may have become the 12th state in the country to legalize same-sex unions on Tuesday.

But gay marriage is not on the legislative agenda in Wisconsin, and that's not expected to change in the near future.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse political scientist Joe Heim tells Post-Crescent Media national public opinion seems to lean toward gay marriage but he doesn't see Wisconsin joining that group soon.

Wisconsin's constitution, unlike Minnesota's, bans same-sex marriage.

In November 2006, nearly 60 percent of Wisconsin voters supported an amendment banning gay marriage.

Before Wisconsin lawmakers could consider a bill to allow gay marriage, voters would have to pass an amendment undoing the 2006 amendment language. But before that the Legislature would have to pass the amendment in two consecutive sessions.



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WAUSAU - A doctor found a 15-year-old Wausau teen who's accused of stabbing a middle schooler competent to stand trial

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RHINELANDER - People in Rhinelander will see a change to severe weather alerts this summer.  Sirens will no longer go off for every Severe Thunderstorm Warning in place for Rhinelander. It's part of an effort to make sure sirens blare only during severe weather.

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