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Wis. AG candidate says he won’t defend same-sex marriage ban if elected

Monday, February 10, 2014

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — One Democratic candidate for Wisconsin attorney general is starting a petition calling on the state’s Department of Justice to stop defending the Wisconsin’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Jon Richards

Jon Richards

Democratic Rep. Jon Richards, of Milwaukee, says he’s for marriage equality and believes Wisconsin’s ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause.

He says he won’t defend it if elected attorney general.

He also has posted a petition on his campaign website, asking supporters to join him in asking the state Justice Department not to defend the ban.

Another Democratic candidate, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, says he also would not defend the gay marriage ban.

A Republican candidate, Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel, says it’s the attorney general’s responsibility to defend the state’s laws, not to substitute personal opinions for the law.

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43 more reader comments:

  1. Trust nobodys word.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:18am
  2. Now we know who we should not vote for.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:19am
  3. THIS IS A GOOD THING. READ!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:43am
  4. Well I hope his ass isn’t elected…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:21am
  5. well considering this is a GOOD THING, yes you do

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:43am
  6. Ignorant fuk

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:21am
  7. uh, read it again. yours is the ignorance.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:42am
  8. He is not fat enough to be the elected anyone of Wisconsin.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:24am
  9. he is AGAINST SUPPORTING THE BAN ON SSM!!! READ!!!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:56am
  10. hey James and Veronica, when did you get MY permission to get Married, screw yourselves.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:25am
  11. I think veronica misunderstood, she has some pro-gay pictures on her wall.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:37am
  12. if that is the case, I am sorry, I get so frustrated by the haters.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:51am
  13. Schimel needs to get a life.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:25am
  14. While I live in Florida, I think this article is saying that he DOES support same sex marriages & wants to prevent the ban from existing…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:29am
  15. Read the article…HE WILL NOT SUPPORT THE BAN.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:32am
  16. does he anyone out there know how to read anymore?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:34am
  17. Hoping my Wisconsin relatives will vote for one of these Dems. No defense for the indefensible ban!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:35am
  18. So much hate on LGBTQ Nation. I thought that non-defense of bans was a good thing for the LGBT movement

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:38am
  19. Read the full article.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:40am
  20. Do it now xxx

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:42am
  21. Well You Cant Let Him In Power Of The people No Hate

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:49am
  22. You have my vote

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:52am
  23. Vote for him please please pleae!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:00am
  24. He’s sounds like a good one to me

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:02am
  25. It’s going to happen! What a great step forward for the evolution of compassion!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:07am
  26. You people are blind the article says he supports marriage equality, sheesh learn to read before lashing out .

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:31am
  27. One of the many reasons to vote straight line Democrat, and given the Republicans’ redistricting and various voter suppression tactics, make sure your vote is counted!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:35am
  28. LGBTQ Nation, you have a lot of readers who can’t actually comprehend what they read! wow!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:55am
  29. Oh, Fuck You!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:41am
  30. Good!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:25am
  31. Sounds like a PR stunt, to me.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:33am
  32. Say no to straight marriage and say yes to gay marriage

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:37am
  33. I like the idea future governor!!* :)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:54am
  34. Please be kind.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:23am
  35. YOU DO NOT DESERVE TO HAVE A SEAT … You are NOT even there yet and you are dealing with your OWN LIKES AND OPINIONS ABOUT THIS and NOT WHAT THE PEOPLE WANTS. RIGHT NOW YOU SGOULD LOOSE BY TWO POINTS AT LEAST … Like two more gay people not voting for you CAUSING YOU TO LOOSE… That is what is good for you!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:27am
  36. Loosing by two points because of two gay people not voting you … You are a total Ass!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:29am
  37. You see this is why we can’t have nice things! Gay marriage all the way!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:06am
  38. I can’t vote for him, because I don’t live in Wisconsin, but I will support his campaign! At last, common sense. :)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:06am
  39. What other laws is he not willing to support?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:10am
  40. Read this wrong the first time bc I was on my phone. The spacing made it seem as if this cool person was AGAINST marriage equality. Just thought I’d let LGBTQQA Nation know.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:32am
  41. WI could use a breath of fresh air!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:17pm
  42. Thank God :)))))))))

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:51pm
  43. Fuck that shit and fuck you bastard

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:38pm