The denial of marriage hurts gay and lesbian families who live in every county of Wisconsin. These loving, committed lesbian and gay couples have taken on the responsibilities of marriage, yet they are denied the hundreds of critical protections that marriage offers. Wisconsin’s lesbian and gay couples share homes, support each other emotionally and financially, raise children together, and celebrate their commitment in the presence of friends and family.
The State of Marriage Equality in Wisconsin
In November 2006, Wisconsin voters approved a constitutional amendment that prohibits marriage equality in our state. This means it is impossible for lawmakers or courts to end discrimination in marriage so long as the constitutional amendment is in place. Fair Wisconsin’s objective is to continue to educate the public about the need for marriage equality, and to continue to support efforts to repeal this amendment which denies equality to so many families across Wisconsin.
By engaging Wisconsinites in an ongoing conversation about our families, we’ll continue to move public opinion. One day, a majority of Wisconsin voters will vote to repeal the discriminatory amendment. But only if we continue the struggle.
Repealing the Amendment
Repealing any amendment to the Wisconsin constitution is a multi-year process and replicates the steps to amend the constitution. First, two consecutive sessions of the legislature must pass the resolution. Following the passage of the repeal measure, the matter is put to a statewide referendum. Because this process involves both the legislature and the electorate, the level of support required for successful repeal is substantial.
Fair Wisconsin is committed to building the legislative support as well as the support in communities around the state to repeal this discriminatory amendment. But we can’t do it alone! Visit our Action Center today to find out how you can join us as we build a fair Wisconsin.