Senate Democrats Stand up for Marriage Equality in Wisconsin
Led by Senator Carpenter, Democrats Introduce Bill to Eliminate Constitutional Discrimination
MADISON – Today, Senate Democrats, led by Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) announced the introduction of legislation to remove discriminatory language from Wisconsin's constitution and give all loving, committed couples the opportunity to make the quintessential commitment to one another: marriage. Senate Democrats also announced the creation of a legislative petition, calling for action on marriage equality in Wisconsin.
"Senator Carpenter's legislation to repeal discriminatory language in Wisconsin's constitution will strengthen communities across our state," said Senate Democratic Leader Larson. "Marriage is an institution that provides our communities with stability and responsibility and for that reason. Freedom to marry should be celebrated by all, not restricted to only some."
"As poll after poll shows Wisconsinites have had a change of heart on the freedom to marry, it's time we change the constitution to allow loving couples to make the ultimate commitment to one another. Equality is a Wisconsin value that must again be reflected in our constitution," said Larson.
In 2006, Wisconsin adopted a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality for all in our state. This backwards amendment has prevented many Wisconsinites from being able to benefit from the stability of marriage. Since then, opinions have evolved. According to an October 2013 Marquette University Law School Poll, the majority of Wisconsinites (53%) now support the freedom to marry. Further, 17 states and the District of Columbia have already paved the way to fairness by protecting marriage equality.