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New website aims to build support for gay marriage in Wisconsin

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Those who favor same-sex marriages in Wisconsin have put up a Web site to build support for their cause.

The American Civil Liberties Union, Fair Wisconsin, and the national gay rights' group Freedom to Marry have joined together in what they call "Wisconsin Unites for Marriage."

Their Web site will include testimonials from gay couples who believe they should have the right to be legally married.

The issue is out of the general public's hands, however.

The federal appeals court in Chicago plans to hear arguments August 26th on the constitutionality of similar gay marriage bans in both Wisconsin and Indiana. The ACLU has filed suit against Wisconsin's gay marriage ban.

A federal judge threw out the ban in June, but the state is appealing.

Chris Ahmuty of the ACLU says he doesn't know if the Web site will influence the appellate judges -- but he notes that they pay attention to the media like almost everybody.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)