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Madison attorney represents state in lawsuit challenging protections for same-sex couples

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Madison attorney Lester Pines will defend the state in a lawsuit that challenges the new legal protections for same-sex couples.

Gov. Jim Doyle hired Pines yesterday, after Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen refused to fight the suit filed by three board members of the Wisconsin Family Action group.

The plaintiffs said the new benefits for gay couples violate the constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions.

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