Today, plaintiff couples, community and religious leaders, and other supporters of the freedom to marry for all loving couples gathered in Appleton, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Madison and Milwaukee, to announce a new coalition formed in the wake of the U.S. District Court ruling in June that ruled the state’s ban on recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples is unconstitutional.
In less than three short weeks, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the state’s appeal of the case challenging Wisconsin’s marriage ban. With little time to waste, we joined forces with the ACLU of Wisconsin and Freedom to Marry to launch Wisconsin Unites for Marriage—an unprecedented grassroots public education campaign with one simple goal: win the freedom to marry for all loving couples in our state.
This is the first time since the 2006 campaign against the constitutional amendment that we have had a diverse statewide coalition working together to achieve the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. We are thrilled to join forces with Wisconsin’s leaders in the business and faith communities, and state and national partners in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, as we move Wisconsin forward together.
Wisconsin Unites for Marriage gives a voice to couples, their friends and families, and everyone committed to freedom and equality. To learn more and sign the pledge, visit wisconsinunites.org.