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Lawsuit challenges Wis. gay marriage ban
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By Todd Richmond Associated Press MADISON (AP) - A group of same-sex couples filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage, arguing the prohibition is unconstitutional and denies them civil rights married couples enjoy. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on the couples' behalf in federal court in Madison, extending the organization's national push for gay marriage rights. Larry Dupuis, an attorney with the organization, said gay marriage is becoming more accepted, pointing to a U.S. Supreme Court in June ruled same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits and a federal judge in December overturned a same-sex marriage ban in conservative Utah.

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