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WI Senate passes marriage amendment

Wisconsin homos, you’re sh*t out of luck. A gay marriage ban is ready for an Assembly vote and if it passes there, the amendment will be on the 2006 ballot. At this point, it doesn’t look like it will be stopped.

The “Defense of Marriage Amendment” (Senate Joint Resolution 53) goes whole-hog because it bans gay marriage, civil unions, and it could be interpreted to strip unmarried couples of health-care benefits and other legal recognitions. (The Badger-Herald):

“Marriage in Wisconsin is under attack by activist judges from out of state who are trying to impose their extreme liberal views on the public,” State Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, an author of the resolution, said in a release. “We didn’t pick this fight, but it’s one we must win. Our laws and our traditions must be defended.”

Fitzgerald said a 2003 Massachusetts Supreme Court decision could threaten Wisconsin’s existing statue which defines marriage as being between “a husband and a wife” by forcing the state to recognize gay marriages that took place outside Wisconsin.

However, the amendment’s opponents said prohibiting same-sex marriage and civil unions disenfranchises certain groups of people and is a step backward from the progress made to afford equal rights to all people.

“This vote is discriminating against a number of our citizens,” Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, said. “It has left unequal a number of our citizens. There’s no justification for such a vote.”

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