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Van Hollen makes stay request in gay marriage case

Wisconsin Attorney Gen. J.B. Van Hollen (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, M.P. King, Pool, File)

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked a federal judge on Friday to place on hold any future order she may make that would strike down the state's ban on gay marriage, the second time this week the Republican expressed doubt in the state's chances to succeed in defending the law.

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DOMA guidance could spur litigation wave

Recent guidance issued by the Department of Labor could trigger litigation over a new concern: whether private business owners with religious objections to gay marriage can be required to extend employment benefits to their employees’ same-sex spouses in states where such unions are not recognized.

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Supreme Court strikes federal marriage provision (UPDATE)

Supporters of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling which overturns the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) carry a large rainbow flag during a parade around the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis. Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The decision grants federal benefits to married couples in states that recognize same-sex marriage, although Wisconsin is not one of them. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)

In a historic victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.

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US Supreme Court’s class-action ruling leaves unanswered questions

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It was a closely watched case that came to a dramatic and unexpected conclusion of questionable precedential value. Now attorneys are left pondering what effect, if any, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend will have on class-action certifications.

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U.S. Supreme Court tackles California gay marriage case

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During heated arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court over California’s voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, the justices verbally tussled with attorneys arguing over the law’s constitutionality — but also hinted that the case could have a surprise ending.

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Supreme Court set for another blockbuster term

With attorneys still analyzing the health care ruling and the other big decisions from last term, the U.S. Supreme Court is preparing for a new term with even more major issues on its docket, from affirmative action to the standards of proof for class certification.

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