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Saturday, June 07, 2014

Wisconsin Marriage Ban Overturned in Wolf vs. Walker

Some rare good news in Wisconsin!

Freedom To Marry Excerpt:
U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb overturned Wisconsin's discriminatory state ban on marriage for same-sex couples. Crabb did not stay her ruling, but also did not immediately issue an order blocking the enforcement of the order, leaving it unclear whether same-sex couples could immediately marry. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has said he will appeal the decision.

Gov. Scott Walker must have known ahead of time that the jig is up when he recently started waffling his words and dodging questions on the issue. He has always been opposed to equality and holds extreme anti-LGBT views, even going as far as comparing gay marriage to incest, pedophilia and polygamy.

Washington Blade Excerpt:
In her 88-page ruling, Crabb, a Carter appointee, makes significant of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision against DOMA as part of her reasoning leading to her determination that the marriage is unconstitutional. “In light of Windsor and the many decisions that have invalidated restrictions on same-sex marriage since Windsor, it appears that courts are moving toward a consensus that it is time to embrace full legal equality for gay and lesbian citizens,” Crabb said.

Now however, since the winds of social conscience no longer appear to offer Walker a political advantage, the issue has been relegated to his, "things voters don't talk to me about" recycle bin.

As you also know, Walker has a knack for circumventing laws and moving the goal posts in the middle of the game and with J.B. Van Hollen immediately threatening to appeal the decision, Wisconsin isn't out of the woods just yet.

Yes, it's a time to celebrate equality, but we won't be safe until Scott Walker is booted out of office for good.

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