Governor and AG spar over domestic partnership registry

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 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.


7 comments on “Governor and AG spar over domestic partnership registry

  1. Tom and Debbie Vrhovnik says:

    Thanks Julaine and WFC staff,

    Appreciate all you do for upholding traditional family values and keeping us informed about government activity in this and other areas that impact families.

    Saw you at Focus on the Family’s Truth Project presentation at Elmbrook Church earlier this year. I attended because I had seen the info on the WFC website. Thanks. And thank you for supporting these kinds of events also.

    Top of the morning to you all.

    Sir Thomas and Lady Deborah Vrhovnik
    (Gotta have some fun!)
    Oshkosh, WI

  2. Paul Ziemer says:

    We thank Attorney General Van Hollen for doing the duty of ALL state and federal elected and appointed governmental officials – to represent and defend the will of the people. It is appalling that our governments feel they are above the people they serve and can work independently of them. That is tyranny and the United States of America was not made to work that way. We are grateful for your integrity and loyalty and are pleased to have you as our Wisconsin Attorney General, Attorney General Van Hollen.
    Sincerely yours, Paul and Linda Ziemer

  3. Sondra Streckert says:

    How impressed I am that Attorney General Van Hollen is refusing to defend Governor Doyle’s presumptuous action of establishing a civil registry for same-sex unions in spite of Wisconsin’s Constitutional Marriage Amendment.

  4. Fast Freddy says:

    My sincere thanks to AG Van Hollen for NOT yielding to the money and influence of the gay agenda lobbyists, as our soon-to-be former governor has.Goodbye Mr. Doyle and after that last budget of yours, good riddance. How refreshing to see someone in government actually abiding by the will of the people,[ Senator Feingold take note.]

  5. Thelma Capps says:

    I’m so thankful for such people as Julaine Appling,our Attorney General, and the lawyers of Alliance Defence Fund Inc. who are willing and ready to stand up for our Constitution and the will of the people. I praise God for each of you. Thelma

  6. deb Gerard says:

    It is so refreshing to see a state official such as Attorney General Van Hollen stand on the side of the constitution and the people!!! Let’s get more like him! God bless, deb

  7. The liberal political agenda is bearing down HARD these days, and I thank Mr. Van Hollen for standing by his convictions, as it can’t be easy. I stand with you.

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