Wisconsin Family Council issued this press release this afternoon
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WI Supremes Accept Community Leaders’ Friend of the Court Brief in Case Challenging Marriage Amendment
Madison – “We welcome the addition of this new friends-of-the-court brief in this critical case involving Wisconsin’s Marriage Protection Amendment,” said Julaine Appling, President of Wisconsin Family Council.
Until the last few months, Wisconsin Family Council (WFC) had been the only amicus (Latin for “friend of the court”) in this case since it began at the trial level in July 2007. McConkey v. Van Hollen is an attempt to sabotage Wisconsin’s marriage amendment, approved by nearly 60 percent of Wisconsin voters in November 2006. Professor Bill McConkey, who brought the case, alleges that the amendment deals with two subjects, rather than one as required by the state constitution.
Last month, after Wisconsin Family Action board members filed an original action petition challenging the constitutionality of Governor Doyle’s newly enacted statewide, marriage-like, same-sex-only domestic partnership registry, two different amici groups filed briefs in McConkey, supporting the allegation that the amendment is unconstitutional. Fair Wisconsin, a pro-homosexual organization, Lambda Legal, a major national homosexual litigation firm, and the ACLU of Wisconsin filed a brief arguing for an extremely narrow application of the Amendment. Separately, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, which also opposed the Amendment, filed a brief supporting McConkey’s claims.