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Wisconsin Democrats push for repeal of state’s same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, February 13, 2014

MADISON, Wis. — An openly gay Milwaukee legislator has introduced a constitutional amendment that would repeal Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban.

Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter

Democratic Sen. Tim Carpenter unveiled the amendment in the state Capitol flanked by a longtime gay couple from Madison and Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, a bisexual Milwaukee Democrat.

Carpenter said the state’s ban makes Wisconsin an island, noting Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois have moved to allow same-sex marriages.

Wisconsin’s remaining 14 Democratic senators co-sponsored the legislation, which faces an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The proposal comes a week after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit that also challenges the state’s gay marriage law.

Fifty-nine percent of voters passed the ban in 2006.

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22 more reader comments:

  1. Falling like dominoes . . .

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:38pm
  2. If anyone lives in this state DONT FORGET TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:41pm
  3. A Democrat was in office when that law went into affect, so just which side is actually going to look out for LGBT rights? My hope is that a Centrist or Independent will run because they know how to have balanced politics.

    Replied on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:53pm
  4. Who our governor was at the time had nothing to do with the passage of the ban. The referendum was passed by two consecutive sessions of both the Assembly and Senate, which (I believe) were all Republican-controlled. It was then voted on during the 2006 elections by the citizens of this fine state. Governor Doyle had no control over this process.

    Replied on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:33pm
  5. To be fair, Texas was once solidly Democrat -- over 100 years of Democrat governors. Times change. A lot.

    Replied on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 11:26pm
  6. That's true Felix. Hell even pretty well into the 80's Texas was generally pretty moderate. The 90's are when it turned into a ultra republican hellhole!

    Replied on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 11:28pm
  7. Texas was still very conservative. Democrats before the 20th century were Conservative, and Republicans before the 20th century were Liberal. Somewhere in the early 20th century they flipped.

    Replied on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 2:46am
  8. Governor Doyle had no control over this process...but he didn't make it that known, either. Most people in Wisconsin never heard of this law until recently. I'm sure if he made a big fuss about it that something could have been done sooner. But, whatever. As long as we keep electing extremist politicians we are going to have extreme laws and no balance.

    Replied on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 3:28am
  9. Won’t happen with stupid Paul Ryan there. The state is too conservative.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:42pm
  10. Wisconsin is almost 50/50 Democrat/Republican. We have gone back and forth between the two forever!

    Replied on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:53pm
  11. They might be cheese heads – but who doesn’t like cheese?

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:43pm
  12. Keep the damn church out of our government.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:55pm
  13. Wisconsin’s values have always been more conservative, not any political party, but reserved in their viewpoints, so I doubt anything will happen any time soon.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:58pm
  14. Soon, marriage equality will be the law of the land.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:00pm
  15. Does it help that this man looks a bit like Nathan Fillion? I think so.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:59pm
  16. All of the individual States who are placing now probably millions of $$$ to fight or not fight simply need to stop, and place money so the law will be changed on a Federal level. Equality for all. Also, it is just called marriage… It is the equality for all that is needed.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 11:13pm
  17. Thank you legislator in Milwaukee for doing theright thing. repeal the states same sex marriage ban.

    Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 11:50pm
  18. Needs to be more…both sides of the aisle. All walks of life pushing for equality and the end of discrimination. TOGETHER we will win!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 1:48am
  19. Cmon WI, you can do it!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 4:02am
  20. yeh

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6:32am
  21. Dammit Texas. Come on. Equal marriage! Don’t let us fall behind in this fight for equality. My friend needs his man!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6:37am
  22. Go for it !

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:40pm