THIS JUST IN…..
Wisconsin Democrats have introduced LRB−0414/1, Repealing Constitutional Amendment Re: Marriage.
According to a Legislative Memo that went out from Senator Tim Carpenter’s (D-Milwaukee) office and a 10 a.m. press conference :
- In 2013, a Marquette University Poll showed that for the first time, a majority of Wisconsinites now support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
- As of January 2014, seventeen states California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia, have legalized same-sex marriage, Wisconsin will become an island surrounded by states that legalize same-sex marriage;
- The United States Supreme Court has issued decisions that struck down a law that barred federal benefits for same-sex couples;
- Military service members no longer have to hide their sexual orientation in order to continue honorably serving our country, and some have married their partners, in uniform;
- Prominent national political figures from both political parties now support marriage equality; and
- Businesses now argue that a state’s welcoming of same-sex couples is essential to help recruiting and retaining the best young talent.
In 2006, Wisconsin’s voters overwhelmingly (nearly 60%) voted in favor of the Marriage Protection Amendment which clearly defines marriage as “between one man and one woman” and prohibits the state from recognizing “a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals.” Despite the affirmation that Wisconsinites do not want marriage redefined, Democratic Senators appear determined to make efforts to change Wisconsin’s constitution to legalize homosexual “marriage.”
During this Marriage Week, while our nation and state celebrate the God-ordained union of a man and a woman, our own state senators, as well as the ACLU, are busy attacking traditional marriage in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling is not surprised by the proposed bill or the ACLU lawsuit and states, “We believe our Marriage Protection Amendment language is strong and will withstand constitutional scrutiny.”