From the desk of Julaine Appling, Wisconsin Family Action president:
When I started working at Wisconsin Family Council in late 1997, the drumbeat for redefining marriage to include persons of the same-sex was just beginning. It was faint and slow. Already, however, this organization had as early as March 1996, worked with state legislators to try to put language in our state statutes to clearly restrict marriage in Wisconsin to what it has always been: one man and one woman.
For five consecutive legislative sessions, marriage protection wording was introduced. Not until 2003, were we successful in getting the statutory language passed in both the Assembly and the Senate. Within two days of the Senate approving the bill, Governor Doyle vetoed it in its entirety. Courageous legislators in the Assembly attempted to override the Governor’s veto and fell one vote short.
Just days later in mid-November 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judiciary issued a ruling that declared restricting marriage to one man and one woman violated the state’s constitution. That ruling provided the impetus for legislators in Wisconsin to introduce in January 2004 language that would provide the very best legal protection possible for marriage in The Badger State—a joint resolution that would amend our state’s constitution and required a vote by the electorate.
By early 2006, the resolution had been passed by both houses two times in two consecutive legislative sessions and was ready for the people to vote on in November 2006.
We worked tirelessly the summer of 2006 telling people the truth about the amendment, countering the outright lies of Fair Wisconsin and others who were bent on defeating this marriage protection amendment. God blessed and worked in the hearts of people and on Election Day marriage won. Nearly 60% of the people who voted—over 1.6 million Wisconsin citizens—said yes to keeping and protecting marriage as the unique union of one man and one woman in our state.
The amendment, the will of the people and the institution of marriage have been under strong legal fire since that historic day. The legal maelstrom culminated late this past Friday, June 6, when federal Judge Barbara Crabb issued a ruling declaring Wisconsin’s marriage protection amendment unconstitutional based on the due process and equal protection clauses of the US Constitution.
With the single stroke of a single arrogant and liberal activist federal judge, marriage in Wisconsin was turned on its head and the will of the people was trumped.
Judge Crabb writes about a “fundamental right to marry,” “loving and committed” people and relationships, “equality of citizenship.” All of those are fabrications of a judge with an agenda. What these terms fundamentally do is to open wide the door for yet further changes to the foundational societal institution of marriage. Already polygamists are ramping up to be able to marry, claiming that they too are in “loving and committed” relationships.
Judge Crabb dismisses the unique conjugal nature of man/woman marriage and the benefits these relationships have for children born to or adopted by married couples. She basically says gender is meaningless. Children don’t need both a mother and a father according to Judge Crabb.
While relatively few Wisconsin citizens will get marriage licenses as same-sex couples, the impact of the ruling will eventually affect all of us. For starters, schools will be forced to present homosexuality and same-sex “marriage” as being as normal and natural as heterosexuality and opposite-sex marriage. Religious freedom and individual rights are bound to collide head-on with this so-called “equality in marriage.” Gender distinctions will become even more meaningless and all of this is just for starters.
I am profoundly sad and disappointed, especially for the good people of Wisconsin who have had absolutely no say whatsoever in all of this. They have been defrauded with no opportunity to dissent. Those wanting to redefine marriage took the coward’s way out and went whining to the courts rather than observing and respecting the rule of law and attempting to undo the amendment the same way the amendment was put in place, following the rigorous procedure provided in Wisconsin’s governing law.
The drumbeat to redefine marriage is now very strong, very loud and very fast. The drums are in our streets as homosexuals celebrate their victory. However, we know that in reality as the prophet Isaiah said, “…judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street….”