Thursday, October 29, 2009

Supreme Court to Consider Constitutionality of Wisconsin’s Marriage Amendment

In November, 2006 the voters of Wisconsin passed Wisconsin’s Marriage Amendment which states, “Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state.  A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state.”  Shortly after voters passed this amendment by a nearly 60% vote, William McConkey a political science and communications professor at UW-Oshkosh filed suit against the amendment.  The Wisconsin Supreme Court summarizes his case in this way:

Was Article XIII, Section 13 of the Wisconsin Constitution, commonly known as the marriage amendment, enacted in violation of the single subject rule set forth in Article XII, Section 1 of the Wisconsin Constitution?

Can a voter who would have voted the same way on each of two propositions included in a single ballot referendum claim to have personally suffered a direct injury by an alleged violation of the single subject rule?

On Tuesday, November 3rd, the Wisconsin Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in this case.  We at VCY America ask that you be praying for the Justices of the Wisconsin Supreme Court as they hear the oral arguments Tuesday and then deliberate their individual decisions.