Wisconsin Family Action Reacts to 7th Circuit’s Ruling on Marriage

Court says Wisconsin’s Marriage Protection Amendment is unconstitutional

WFA LogoMADISON—Today the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Wisconsin’s Marriage Protection Amendment, ruling it unconstitutional, just nine days after oral arguments.

“We are deeply disappointed but not surprised at this ruling,” said Wisconsin Family Action President Julaine Appling. We knew we had the most liberal panel of judges on the 7th Circuit. When they denied the state’s request to have the case heard before all ten judges on the court, we pretty much knew what to expect.”

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on Wisconsin’s marriage protection amendment and Indiana’s marriage law last Tuesday in Chicago.

“I was in the courtroom last Tuesday. I knew then what the outcome was going to be. Judge Posner in particular made his opinion quite clear. His clarity took a backseat only to his sarcasm,” Appling noted.

The opinion affirmed District Judge Barbara Crabb’s ruling and judgment, which means that the stay on removing the amendment remains in place while the case works its way through the appeals process. Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen has publicly indicated that the state will appeal the ruling to the US Supreme Court.

Twenty states have had similar rulings. Already the 4th, 6th and 10th Circuit Courts of Appeal are either petitioning the US Supreme Court to take their cases or will be soon.

“We’ve known all along these cases from all across the country would end up at the US Supreme Court. Apparently the 7th Circuit wants to get in at the front of the line on that process,” Appling commented.

Yesterday a federal judge in Louisiana issued a ruling affirming that state’s marriage protection amendment.

Appling commented, “We finally have a federal judge with courage, common sense and an understanding of the law—one that is not in the pocket of a small minority of people that are determined to redefine and thereby deconstruct society’s most important institution. That’s hopeful as we head to the highest court in the land.

“The struggle to preserve and protect traditional marriage is far from over. This ruling does not change the fact that a marriage of one man and one woman is the healthiest, most prosperous, and most stable place not only for the man and woman but also for the children they may bring into the world. The ruling is a denial of reality. While every marriage may not have children, every child has both a mother and father. This ruling denies children of either a mother or a father. Our organization will continue to aggressively take the message everywhere across this state that marriage between a man and woman is good not only for the individuals in a given marriage, but is also good for Wisconsin,” Appling concluded.


New Wisconsin Coalition Pushing Acceptance of Same-Sex “Marriage”

Homosexual activists have begun a push in The Badger State to “educate” citizens on why same-sex “marriage” would be good for the state.  The ACLU, Fair Wisconsin, and Freedom to Marry have formed a coalition to hold events across the state to try to gain support for their position.  This in spite of the fact that in a 2006 vote, nearly 60% of Wisconsin voters voted to keep marriage in our state between one man and one woman.  This past June, a lone federal judged ruled that state constitutional amendment violates the US constitution.  That decision is being appealed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals with oral arguments scheduled for August 26 in Chicago.

WFA president Julaine Appling notes, “People have a right to form coalitions, spend money and get their message out, even those wanting to redefine, and thereby deconstruct our state’s most important institution.  The question is, do those of us who know the truth about why marriage between one man and one woman is a public good care as much about getting our message out as do those who oppose God’s plan We, too, must put our time and our money into making sure people know the truth.”

>>>>>read more about this coalition HERE

What you can do:

  • Talk with others about marriage, the importance of traditional marriage, and God’s plan for this sacred institution.
  • Hold a Bible study, or encourage others to gather for a study, to learn more about marriage God’s way.
  • Pray for those who are seeking to tear apart marriage as between one man and one woman.
  • Download, read, and share our newest publication, Wisconsin’s Cultural Indicators, 2014 Edition, to learn more about the benefits of marriage in our state and the harmful effects of marriage breakdown in our society, and across the nation.

With the Stroke of a Pen, Wisconsin Voters Silenced on Marriage

“What happened to ‘We the People?” asks Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling in a press release that went out last Friday, June 6, shortly after the ruling from U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb (Western District Court) that deemed Wisconsin’s Marriage Protection Amendment unconstitutional and opened the door for “same-sex marriages” to go full-steam ahead throughout the state.

  • Read Wisconsin Family Action’s full press release HERE.
  • Listen to the podcast of Julaine Appling as she addresses the attack on marriage across our nation on WVCY’s Crosstalk America HERE.

Since Wisconsin’s county clerks have neither been mandated nor barred from issuing same-sex “marriage licenses,” they appear to be spinning in circles as they try to determine how to react to this decision that left no directive.  At last report, just over half of the counties in Wisconsin are issuing the paperwork, yet others are waiting for guidance from state Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen before taking any action.  Many clerks have publicly stated they have no idea what to do about the signature blocks on the paperwork that read “husband” and “wife” and feel they must wait for the appropriate paperwork to be provided.

Since Crabb’s ruling did not mandate county clerks to issue the homosexual “marriage” licenses, it was left up to each individual county to decide how to interpret the ruling and act accordingly. Crabb was reported to have said she was waiting for the ACLU to “draft an order for her spelling out how the organization wants her decision implemented,”

In the meantime, the State Department of Health Services (DOHS) is not processing the same-sex “marriage” licenses and have them on “hold” until more direction is given from the attorney general’s office.  The DOHS made it clear that there are no promises being made that the “marriage” licenses issued to same-sex couples will be accepted.

ImageSound confusing?  We agree. The confusion and chaos continues because of a very small but very loud and very well-organized and well-funded minority wants its way, a way that stands to ultimately undermine the foundational institution of marriage.  In this case they seem to be very much aided and abetted by a liberal, activist federal judge–and many ELECTED county clerks.

What does it all mean?  Julaine Appling says, “With a 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.”

That’s not all; there’s much more to say regarding the ruling that overturned Wisconsin’s Marriage Protection Amendment and the will of the Badger State’s voters.  Read the rest of Julaine’s commentary HERE.

Incidentally, the ruling came just before the scheduled weekend event in Milwaukee, “PrideFest.”

Green Bay Alert: Alderman wants city to revisit domestic partnership benefits

ImageEarlier this month, Green Bay alderman Amy Kocha asked the city to reconsider providing domestic partnership benefits to homosexual couples.  In 2011, the Green Bay Common Council voted down this very same provision.

>>>>>read more here

Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling addresses this issue, “The Green Bay City Council would be well-advised to table this idea.  The registry they are trying to use is being challenged in the State Supreme Court and taxpayers shouldn’t have to absorb more costs. Essentially nothing’s changed since the last time the council considered this ill-advised idea.”


If you live in the City of Green Bay, call your alderman and mayor.  Tell them you do not agree with the provision of domestic partnership benefits and that you do not want the City Council to vote on this issue again.

Green Bay Common Council Members: Contact information HERE.

Green Bay Mayor James J. Schmitt: Contact information HERE.

Creature v Creator; Facebook Joins Gender Identity “Bandwagon”

From the desk of Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling:

Image“Male and female created He them.” That’s what God’s Holy and definitive Word says about gender in the book of beginnings, Genesis.

It’s pretty clear that God created and intended for there to be only two sexes. He didn’t allow for more, make exceptions for more, discuss more, create more or anything of that nature.  God’s divine standard for gender is two—male and female—each distinctly different from the other.  God is not, I repeat, He is not confused about gender.

However, God’s clarity on the issue and His equally clear written revelation on this issue don’t stop mere mortals from thinking they know more than God.

Recognizing, protecting and promoting so-called “genders” other than male and female has become very popular in the United States.  It’s part of the fallout from not believing God’s Word, not having any intention of obeying it, and even mocking it as myth.  Once we depart from the Truth of God’s Word, we eventually end up hopeless confused, terribly wrong, and headed for serious trouble. 

But that doesn’t stop modern society from raising their proverbial angry fists at God and insisting on going their own deluded,dangerous way.

With the push to normalize homosexuality comes a host of other issues, gender identity among them, as people attempt to excuse or justify their quirks and lust.  Admittedly, because young people are today are early-on exposed to these very wrong ideas and lifestyles, some are genuinely confused—not because they inherently are gender-confused, but because they have been convinced by people they trust that gender is complex, confusing, and much more multi-faceted than male and female. 

In Wisconsin we’ve had some attempts in the last year to add “gender identity” to nondiscrimination laws in local communities.  Fond du Lac considered such a proposal late this last year.  The public became involved and eventually the City Council voted it down. But the openly homosexual City Council member who originally introduced the proposal says he will bring it back again because it’s only fair that people who don’t identify with their biological gender should have special protections.

ImageLast week Facebook joined the gender identity bandwagon.  On Facebook’s Diversity Page, the following statement was posted by Facebook personnel:

When you come to Facebook to connect with the people, causes, and organizations you care about, we want you to feel comfortable being your true, authentic self. An important part of this is the expression of gender, especially when it extends beyond the definitions of just “male” or female.” So today, we’re proud to offer a new custom gender option to help you better express your own identity on Facebook. 

We collaborated with our Network of Support, a group of leading LGBT advocacy organizations, to offer an extensive list of gender identities that many people use to describe themselves….

The new custom gender option is available to everyone who uses Facebook in U.S. English.

And then people are referred to another site for more information.  I followed the instructions given and it’s true.  There are now over 50 different gender identities someone can choose from to define their sex.  This is beyond extraordinary.  It’s wrong. It leads to further confusion for teens. It creates potential legal issues that we shouldn’t even have to think about and who knows what else. 

If Facebook is pushing this gender-identity issue, you can be sure other social media are as well, along with schools.  It’s imperative that parents talk to their children from the time they are little about being distinctly boys or distinctly girls—the gender that God made them as reflected in their physiology and biology.  We need to build into them a respect for their own sex and that of the opposite sex, recognizing, respecting and appreciating the differences. 

Gender should not be confusing for children—or for anyone else for that matter. If we teach children to know and love God’s Word and to believe Him and trust Him, then they will immediately distinguish truth from falsehood. They’ll know that male and female is two genders, not over 50

After God created male and female, He pronounced His plan “good.” The created being is beyond foolish to think that he with his finitemind can improve on what the Creator has done.

Nat’l Journal Struts Sexuality of Pocan/Baldwin, Homosexual Congress Members

Wisconsin’s Lawmakers are in the news, but not for what you think.  The National Journal seems to be promoting the homosexual lifestyles of 8 Congress members with a cover photo and personal testimonies that appear to draw attention to Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and six other lawmakers for their homosexual involvement, relationships, coming out and, most importantly, their agenda.

Read more HERE.


WFA to Fond du lac City Leaders: Say “No” to Ordinance; Quit Being Afraid of Those Who Push Perversion

ImageDan Manning, an openly professing homosexual, former co-president of homosexual advocacy group Equality/Fair Wisconsin, and Fond du Lac City Councilman is seeking an anti-discrimination ordinance relating to the homosexual community.

>>>>>read more here

ImageJuliaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action has a message for Fond du lac families and other Wisconsin communities, “Fond du Lac and every other Wisconsin city needs to quit being afraid of those who are pushing perversion. Making “gender identity” a protected class for any kind of nondiscrimination policy is dangerous.   It will most certainly eventually clash with people’s safety, privacy and religious objections.  Fond du Lac city leaders need to do the right thing and deny this politically-correct proposal.”

The Committee meeting held last week was informational only; no audience participation took place.

A potential ordinance would be considered at a future City Council meeting where public input would be welcome.


Fond du lac community members are encouraged to contact the city council with their position on this issue.  Contact information is listed below:

Samuel Meyer |  President  |  920-9260695  |  smeyer@fdl.wi.gov
Gary Miller  |  Council Member  |  920-539-0829  |  gmiller@fdl.wi.gov
Dan Manning  |  Council Member  |  920-204-6615  |  dmanning@fdl.wi.gov
Catherine Block  |  Council Member  |  920-207-2793  |  cblock@fdl.wi.gov
Lee Ann Lorrigan  |  Vice President  |  920-251-3958  |  llorrigan@fdl.wi.gov
Karyn Merkel  |  Council Member  |  920-933-2939  |  kmerkel@fdl.wi.gov
Brian Foster  |  Council Member  |  920-204-2010  |  bfoster@fdl.wi.gov