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DOJ concedes gay marriage fight over

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Republican attorney general is conceding the fight to preserve the state’s gay marriage ban is over and he encourages everyone to now administer the law “fairly and impartially.”

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away appeals from five states, including Wisconsin, seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages. The order immediately ends delays on marriages in those states.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen had filed Wisconsin’s appeal in hopes of preserving a 2006 state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Van Hollen said in a statement that the state’s attorneys “admirably” defended the ban “whether they agreed with the underlying policy question.”

“I encourage everyone to respect the court’s action and to administer the law fairly and impartially,” Van Hollen said.

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