DAYS OF LOT – ACLU Files Lawsuit in Attempt to Overturn Wisconsin’s Ban on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

wisconsin pdMADISON, Wisc. – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a federal lawsuit on Monday in an attempt to overturn Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex ‘marriage.’ Wisconsin voters passed a constitutional amendment in November 2006 that enshrined marriage as being between a man and a woman. “Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state,” the measure, passed by 59 percent of the vote, reads. “A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state.” The amendment was challenged in 2009 at the Wisconsin Supreme Court, but was deemed to be constitutional.  However, the ACLU of Wisconsin is reviving the challenge in federal court, asserting that the ban is discriminatory and thus unlawful. “We expect to demonstrate that Wisconsin’s refusal to allow marriages or to recognize out-of-state marriages of gay and lesbian couples violates the fundamental right to marry, as well as the equal protection guarantee of the 14th amendment of the United States constitution,” legal director Larry Dupuis told local television station WXOW. The suit was filed on behalf of eight homosexuals in the state, who assert that the criminal penalties attached to the law, which include fines and jail time, are excessive. More
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