The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin on Monday filed a federal lawsuit seeking to void the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, arguing it violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal treatment and denies a basic right to gay couples.continue at Chippewa Herald
“We expect that this lawsuit will bring the freedom to marry to all Wisconsinites,” Larry Dupuis, legal director of the ACLU of Wisconsin, said at a press conference Monday.
In a statement, state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said he plans to defend the amendment, which passed with a 59 percent margin in 2006.
“This constitutional amendment was approved by a large majority of Wisconsin residents,” Van Hollen said. “I believe the amendment is constitutional, and I will vigorously defend it.”
The ACLU is the most evangelical religious body in the US.
It appears they picked this time since it is marriage week and Gov. Walker Issues Marriage Proclamation; Binds Men and Women Together
“WHEREAS, marriage creates new families, binds men and women together in a network of affection, mutual aid and mutual obligation, commits fathers and mothers to their children and connects children to a wider network of relatives…” ~Governor Scott Walker, Marriage Proclamation 2014Meh. I guess they'll try and find some hack judge and then get some temporary injunction and force clerks to issue licenses or something. Maybe hoping they get some pressure next year if inept Mary Burke were to win the election this fall. This has the appearance of more of a publicity stunt than a real case, but maybe they have an ace up their sleeve, or maybe just want to try to push it to SCOTUS.
Wisconsin Family Council/Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling responds, “We are pleased Governor Walker has once again issued this proclamation stating clearly that marriage is good for Wisconsin. Marriage is the one institution that consistently provides men, women and children with a better life. It builds strong communities and churches, and it is at the core of our basic economic unit—the family.”
This is the fourth year the Governor has issued the proclamation at the request of Wisconsin Family Council. National Marriage Week is recognized and celebrated each year February 7-14.
.... this reminds me of something... remember when Doyle tried to do the Domestic Partnership thing? It was a lame duck bill(because the amendment was already passed). I don't remember if the courts overturned it yet. Last I heard was: State Supreme Court hints it may strike down part of domestic partnership law