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Hearing set on effort to strike down state's gay marriage amendment

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A court hearing is set for a week from Friday on an effort to strike down Wisconsin's constitutional ban on gay marriages and civil unions.

University of Wisconsin-Madison professor William McCone originally said the ban violates the equal protection clause in the U.S. Constitution - an argument Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Ness rejected last fall.

The judge did leave the door open to McCaskey's claim that the state amendment illegally addressed more than one issue.

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