U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made the following statement after a federal judge's ruling on same-sex marriage:
“One year ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions in two historic cases that reflected the progress we have all witnessed across our country. The nation’s highest court made a strong statement for equality and freedom, overturning discrimination against gay and lesbian American citizens simply because of who they love. Wisconsin is the twelfth state to see a marriage ban struck down in federal court since the U.S. Supreme Court decision last June. Now Wisconsin can proudly say that discrimination doesn’t just violate our values – it violates our Constitution and marriage equality will be the law of the land in Wisconsin.
“I believe that we owe it to the next generation to give them a Wisconsin that is more equal, not less equal. The Wisconsin I know deserves better than a Governor defending discrimination and an Attorney General prosecuting progress. Wisconsin should be a place where every family’s love and commitment can be recognized and respected under the law. It is time for Governor Walker and Attorney General Van Hollen to stop standing in the way of freedom, fairness and equality for all Wisconsinites. Love is love, family is family, and discriminating against anyone’s love, against anyone’s family, is just plain wrong.”