Weekly Democratic Radio Address:
"Wisconsin Marriage Equality Anniversary"


MADISON – Today, Senator Janet Bewley offered the following Democratic Weekly Radio address regarding the anniversary of the Wisconsin ruling regarding marriage equality.

"Up until the constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage passed in 2006, Wisconsin had a proud tradition of being at the forefront of supporting equality for all its citizens.  In 1982, Wisconsin made history when our then Republican Governor signed the nation’s first state law protecting lesbians and gays from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations." - Sen. Janet Bewley

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here:
http://media2.legis.wisconsin.gov/multimedia/Sen24/bewleyradio6.2.16.mp3

A written transcript of the address is below: 

"This is State Senator Janet Bewley. June 6th is the second anniversary of the federal court decision that first established marriage equality in Wisconsin.  In some ways it doesn’t seem possible that only two years have passed since that decision was handed down.  So much happened so quickly.  People rushed to get married before the decision was put on hold.  Ultimately, Judge Barbara Crabb’s decision upholding this freedom was vindicated by the US Supreme Court. 
 
"Up until the constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage passed in 2006, Wisconsin had a proud tradition of being at the forefront of supporting equality for all its citizens.  In 1982, Wisconsin made history when our then Republican Governor signed the nation’s first state law protecting lesbians and gays from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.
 
"And the 2014 ruling once again put our state at the forefront of protecting the rights of its gay and lesbian citizens. It is amazing to see the change in our state and nation since 2006.  While we should take a moment to celebrate how far we have come, we must stay vigilant and fight those who would turn the clock back and legalize discrimination."

 

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