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Amendment introduced to repeal state gay marriage ban

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MADISON (WKOW) -- An openly gay Milwaukee legislator introduced a constitutional amendment Thursday that would repeal Wisconsin's gay marriage ban.

Democratic Sen. Tim Carpenter unveiled the amendment in the state Capitol, flanked by a longtime gay couple from Madison and Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, a bisexual Milwaukee Democrat.

Carpenter said the state's ban makes Wisconsin an island, noting Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois have moved to allow same-sex marriages. All 14 of Wisconsin's remaining Democratic senators co-sponsored the legislation, which faces an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The proposed amendment comes a week after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's gay marriage law.

The ban passed with 59% of voters supporting it in 2006.
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