PRESS RELEASE from Wisconsin Family Action:
The United States Supreme Court today ruled on two cases involving marriage. Following is a statement from Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, on the high court’s decisions.
“The US Supreme Court today determined that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Essentially, the Court said that the federal government cannot determine for the entire country what marriage is. The decision means that states that have redefined marriage can force the federal government to recognize their redefinition of society’s foundational institution. We disagree with this opinion. Just as the states can decide what marriage will be, so the federal government should be able to determine what marriage will be for federal purposes.
“What we know is that marriage is a unique institution bringing together men and women and providing for our next generation. It is timeless and universal. The federal government recognizing this institution is in the best interest of our states and nation, and certainly in the best interest of children. It is unfortunate the court has ruled otherwise.
“In the decision regarding Prop 8, the case challenging the constitutionality of California’s marriage protection amendment, the court dismissed the case and vacated the Ninth Circuit Court’s decision. The court determined that the plaintiffs in this case did not have standing to bring the case. This case is now specific to California.
“Our legal experts tell us that neither the DOMA decision nor the Prop 8 decision have direct bearing on Wisconsin and our Marriage Protection Amendment. Certainly there will be questions about specific situations as attorneys continue to dissect and analyze the DOMA decision in particular. What we know is the US Supreme Court refused to redefine marriage nationally. They are appropriately respecting the right of states to determine for themselves what marriage will be and are rightly allowing the public debate and discourse to continue on this critical issue.
“Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council will continue to aggressively promote, strengthen and preserve marriage between one man and one woman in Wisconsin because this institution is profoundly good for our communities, our state and our nation.”