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Lawmaker wants to end federal marriage law
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House Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Madison wants to end the federal law that requires marriage to be between a man and a woman.

Baldwin, one of three openly gay members of Congress, is among 90 co-sponsors of a bill that's being introduced today.

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She says the current law is wrong-headed and "This type of unfairness has no place in American society."

Since 1996, the federal government has refused to recognize same-sex marriages and gay couples cannot get federal benefits like Social Security survivor payments.

Since the law was passed, same-sex marriages have become legal in neighboring Iowa, as well as Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

And New Hampshire is expected to do the same next year.

Wisconsin grants limited benefits to same-sex couples things like end-of-life decisions and certain inheritance rights.

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