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.

WFA Responds: Wisconsin Attorney General Appeals Ruling on Voter ID

WI Atty. General J.B. Van HollenWisconsin’s Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (left) has filed with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals an appeal of a ruling striking down the state’s voter ID law.  On April 29, Judge Lynn Adelman ruled against Wisconsin’s voter ID law stating it placed an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote and violated the Voting Rights Act. Adelman has held his seat on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin bench since 1997.
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Julaine Appling, WFA president, agrees with the AG’s move, “We applaud our Attorney General’s decision to appeal the ruling.  Requiring voter ID to cast a ballot is not an undue burden on anyone. It’s a prudent safeguard of our liberty. Free and fairelections are central and essential to our form of government and to our liberty.”

Wisconsin Attorney General Defends State Constitution

This week, United States Attorney General Eric Holder (D) made a statement indicating he doesn’t think attorneys general in states that have laws, from his perspective, banning homosexual “marriage” should feel obligated to defend them.  Wisconsin’s Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R) (photo, left) disagrees: “It really isn’t his job to give us advice on defending our constitutions any more than it’s our role to give him advice on how to do his job.”  Van Hollen further stated, “We are the ultimate defenders of our state’s constitutions.”

Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling says Van Hollen is right, “I suppose we should be used to this current administration in Washington telling the states what they will, must or at least should do.  However, Attorney General Holder’s remarks show a whole new disregard for the rule of law and states’ rights.  Fortunately, we have a state attorney general who understands his job of defending our constitution.”

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Circuit Court Overturns Voter ID; WI Atty Gen’l Van Hollen Releases Statement

From the Wisconsin Department of Justice:
Statement from Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen on District IV Court of Appeals Decision in Voter ID Case

DOJMADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued the following statement in response to the opinion released today by the Court of Appeals, District IV in the case of League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Education Network, Inc, et al. v. Scott Walker, et al.

From the start, we have defended the constitutionality of Wisconsin’s voter ID law. While today’s decision is an important step toward full vindication of the law, we recognize that other challenges are still pending that address different issues. We will continue to defend the law and look forward to favorable decisions in those other cases as well.” 

For a copy of the Court’s decision, click here.

For further history of the two voter ID cases in the Court of Appeals, please visit the following link:Voter ID Case Histories