This past February, the ACLU, on behalf of 16 people in same-sex relationships, filed a lawsuit in Wisconsin’s Western District federal court alleging that the state’s Marriage Protection Amendment passed by nearly 60% of the voters in 2006 violates the US Constitution. Late last week, Western District Federal Judge Barbara Crabb issued an order allowing Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling and 4 Wisconsin Family Action board members to file a friend-of-the-court brief that will support the marriage amendment and the will of the voters.
The court is set to hear this case on August 25th.
Appling states, “While we are confident that Attorney General JB Van Hollen will aggressively defend our Marriage Protection Amendment, we are very pleased that the court agreed that we are uniquely qualified to be involved with this case. We have had, from the beginning, a major role in this amendment becoming a reality. It is imperative that we do everything we can to defend the amendment, the will of the people and the institution of marriage.”