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05/09/2006

Report: Wisconsin may be first marriage-voting state to not tarnish its constitution with bullsh*t

by Jeremy Hooper

In a piece on the "battle" over gay marriage in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quotes two local 'mo marriage foes:

   #1: "So far, the same-sex marriage proponents are O-for-everything. If they can win one, that's actually big news for them," said Marquette University political scientist Christopher Wolfe, who sits on the board of the Wisconsin Coalition for Traditional Marriage, which backs the gay marriage ban.

   #2: The issue "ebbs and flows with what's happening in the courts and what's happening in an election. ... We're in an ebbing cycle. People need a rest," said Julaine Appling, executive director of the Family Research Institute of Wisconsin and coordinator of the Wisconsin Coalition for Traditional Marriage.

Reacting to the quotes in the most "oh my God -- they totally view this as if it were a game of moral Monopoly" of fashions, we reply:

   Hey folks -- this isn't a game for us. Your humble scribe doesn't wake up every morning and gauge to what level his love for his life, his heart, his everything has "ebbed" or "flowed." We don't cross our fingers and hope we can "win one" state gay marriage battle; we instead hope we can win the ultimate battle of decency, fairness, equality, and common sense in America. We aim to take this "issue" off the political football field onto which fear-mongering social conservatives have foisted it, and put the discussion back in the arena of love and acceptance. Ms. Appling, you say you guys "need a rest?" Well guess what -- your work with the so-called "Wisconsin Colaiton for Traditional Marriage" is WHOLLY UNNECESSARY. You can TOTALLY take that rest if you want; in fact, please do! But if we sit back and stop our role in this "fight," we are frankly frightened as to what level you guys would take your antipathy for homosexuals and their relationships. The "battle" is only "militarized" because you folks made it so; if you'd remove your troops and stop fighting this issue of basic fairness, we could all join forces and actually accomplish something tangible in this country.

Happily, folks on our "team" are hopeful that Wisconsin (the land of our dreamy political pin-up, Russ Feingold) will be the first state where we'll "win one" of these here gay marriage "battles." This is, of course, welcome news; we'd, however, welcome it more if the issue was no longer news at all.

Gay rights backers see chance for victory in Wisconsin [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
***For more on all things Wisconsin gay marriage, check out Fair Wisconsin's No On the Amendemnt Blog

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