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Wisconsin supreme court to rule on gay marriage suit

Wisconsin supreme court to rule on gay marriage suit

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is expected to rule Wednesday on the state’s ban on gay marriage — the lawsuit claims the vote in question violated the constitution because it asked two questions within the same vote.

From the Wisconsin Radio Network:

In 2006, voters approved a constitutional amendment that banned gay marriage and civil unions. The measure passed by a wide margin, and University of Wisconsin political scientist Mordecai Lee says that could end up being a factor in Wednesday’s decision.

Lee says justices serve in an elected office, and he believes that could result in them giving a benefit of the doubt to voters.

The Constitutional Amendment is being challenged by a UW Oshkosh professor, who claims voters were asked to vote on what amounted to two questions. William McConkey argued the ballot measure was improperly before voters because it asked whether to ban gay marriage and any similar union.

If the State Supreme Court rules against the amendment, that’s doesn’t mean gay marriage is legal in Wisconsin because state law already defines marriage as a union between a husband and wife.

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