This week’s radio commentary…
“But I will not ignore the Constitution. My oath isn’t to the legislature or the governor. My duty is to the people of the State of Wisconsin and the highest expression of their will — the Constitution of the State of Wisconsin. When the people have spoken by amending our Constitution, I will abide by their command. When policymakers have ignored their words, I will not. “
So said JB Van Hollen, Wisconsin Attorney General, in a press release sent out last Friday. Attorney General Van Hollen is referring to the constitutional amendment passed by nearly 60% of the voters in November 2006—an amendment that clearly defines and protects both the word marriage and the institution of marriage.
And the governor’s response…
Governor Doyle, in response to the attorney general’s position, issued a short statement condemning the AG’s decision and noting that, in the governor’s words, “constitutional law experts have examined the domestic partnership registry and believe it is sound and not in conflict with the state constitution.” Attached to the governor’s statement was the 14-page opinion from a University of Wisconsin Law School professor, David S. Schwartz, dated June 4 of this year.
A bit of investigating reveals that Professor Schwartz is a former senior staff attorney with the ACLU in California, runs in elite liberal legal circles, and financially supports such liberal groups as Moveon.org and candidates such as John Kerry, Barack Obama, Senator Russ Feingold, Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler.
But what is even more interesting is that Prof. Schwartz is not a licensed attorney in Wisconsin. Yes, as hard as it is to believe after the recent scandal involving the governor’s unlicensed chief legal counsel Chandra Miller Fienen, he would go down this road again, he did indeed do just that.
Read/listen to the rest of the commentary here.