We just confirmed this morning that the State Supreme Court has announced its intention to take the Wisconsin Marriage Amendment case. A little over a month ago, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District IV referred the case to the State Supreme Court, indicating that it contained “several novel issues” and constitutes a matter of “significant public interest with statewide implications.”
So now it is up to the seven justices of the State Supreme Court to decide whether the Wisconsin Marriage Protection Amendment meets the state constitutional requirement of a single-issue amendment.
WFC, represented by the Alliance Defense Fund, submitted amicus briefs for the trial court and appeals court levels but has not been invited to submit a brief for the Supreme Court. We will, however, be monitoring the situation and keeping you up-to-date on the progress of the case. Right now it looks like the court’s deadline for briefs is June 11, which means the court is fast-tracking the case.
Although the Supreme Court will not be ruling on the constitutionality of the content of the amendment, its ruling will either uphold or overturn the will of the people of the state of Wisconsin as expressed on November 7, 2006 in a 59% majority vote for the amendment.