Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Arguments in Wisconsin marriage amendment case to be heard tomorrow

The Wisconsin Supreme Court will here oral arguments this morning in McConkey v. VanHollen, a case that challenges the validity of the 2006 Wisconsin marriage amendment. The amendment passed in a statewide referendum, where voters were asked:
“Marriage. Shall section 13 of article XIII of the constitution be created to provide that only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state and that a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state?”
McConkey has sued the state, arguing that the referendum combined two separate questions (one regarding the definition of marriage and one regarding the legality of domestic partnerships and civil unions for same-sex and opposite-sex couples), and therefore violated state provisions that a referendum should address only one issue.

Jessie Otradovec of LGBTI Equality Now invites supporters of McConkey to gather as a group to hear the arguments and educate the public on this issue:
The McConkey v. VanHollen Oral Arguments are being heard tomorrow at 9:45 am. 231 East Wing of the State Capitol. Let's meet at the East entrance. It is only scheduled to go until 10:45, so please be there if you can at 9:45. We will also be out on Library Mall at Noon- come hand out fliers with us and make a statement for equality!

Jessie provided this link from the MAL Contends Wisconsin news blog as background.

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