Wisconsin High Court to Look at 2006 Gay Marriage Ban Referendum
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has decided to hear a case challenging the referendum that was put to voters in 2006 which outlawed same-sex marriage and at the same time banned civil unions. At issue is the legality of having two questions on the referendum, which is limited to one by the state constitution.
The WaPo reports: "A ruling striking down the amendment would not legalize same-sex marriage because state law still defines marriage as a union between husband and wife. However, it could pave the way for lawmakers to eventually allow it, or for advocates to file lawsuits seeking that right. ... A Dane County judge upheld the referendum last year, and McConkey appealed. Last month, a Madison-based appeals court asked the high court to take the case immediately because of its statewide significance."
The court has given lawyers 30 days to file briefs.