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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.

Wisconsin 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.

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  1. Good to hear, this needs to be overturned. They've already rejected this argument on some other grounds, maybe in a different, less important court... it's good to see it is finally getting somewhere.

    Posted by: shaun | May 15, 2009 12:16:03 PM

  2. With the way the bigots are screaming about the will of the people in California, can we imagine how it would be if the Wisconsin court overturned that amendment on a technicality? It won't happen anyway, but it'd sure make things easier for us to make things right in that state.

    Posted by: Bruno | May 15, 2009 12:16:07 PM

  3. On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin!!

    Posted by: David B. 2 | May 15, 2009 1:48:10 PM

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