In November, 2006 voters overwhelming in Wisconsin passed (59%-41%) a marriage amendment which stated
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 .
In July, 2007 William McConkey, a voter and taxpayer Wisconsin brought suit against the Amendment challenging its constitutionality, specifically claiming that this violated the separate amendment rule, in essence claiming the issues in the Marriage Amendment were two separate issues.
Today, The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled unanimously 7-0 that indeed this Amendment is Constitutional. The concluding paragraph of their decision reads:
We hold that Article XIII, Section 13 of the Wisconsin
Constitution——the marriage amendment——was adopted in conformity
with the separate amendment rule in Article XII, Section 1 of
the Wisconsin Constitution, which mandates that voters must be
able to vote separately on separate amendments. Both sentences
of the marriage amendment relate to marriage and tend to effect
or carry out the same general purpose of preserving the legal
status of marriage in Wisconsin as between only one man and one
Praise the Lord for this decision!!
To read the full text of the Court’s decision you may use this link: