How will the Supreme Court ruling affect Wisconsin?
state of Wisconsin does not allow same-sex marriage. The supreme
court's ruling to strike down a key
section of the defense of marriage act and also give a boost to gay
rights in California won't change that. Still, it could have
an impact on our state.
Shannon Thomas Wednesday's ruling on gay marriage is a big step
this decision made federally I hope will open up a lot of eyes,"
now, the state of Wisconsin prohibits same sex marriage. That ruling
was made in 2006. But Thomas hopes this latest ruling could be a stepping
stone to change that.
going to be a great argument for our local courts and it's a great
thing to use as we continue to fight for same sex equality," said Thomas.
fact a public policy poll released in February showed support for it
has increased in our state. Forty-four percent
of people polled were in favor of changing the law. That's up two
percent from last year. Although, 46 percent are still opposed.
public opinion isn't really out of whack with national opinion,"
said John Blakeman, Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science
department at UW-Stevens Point.
said overturning the 2006 vote would require changing the state
something they don't expect to happen anytime soon.
don't think there's a solid consensus in this state to repeal the
constitutional amendment just yet,"said Blakeman.
Not everyone is happy with the ruling. The Valley Baptist Church
Pastor worries that this could open up other questions.
now, why not two men and one woman. Why not two women and one man.
So, where do you stop with that? And, now how can you go to people
who want to practice polygamy, for example, and say OK that's
wrong," said Larry Creamer.
certainly isn't the end of the debate. It's still up to each state to
allow gay marriage. That means here in Wisconsin nothing will change