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11/30/2007

WI Ruling: Potential historical black mark eraser can advance

by Jeremy Hooper

EraserA lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Wisconsin's year-old gay marriage ban is moving forward. A judge ruled Wednesday that the plaintiff, a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh political science teacher, has grounds to file the legal challenge:

Gay marriage ban challenge OK [Capital Times]

It remains to be seen if the professor's suit will ultimately prove successful in overturning the voter-initiated wrong. It is certain, however, that if this case doesn't do the trick, something inevitably will. For all of these bans are inhumane, discriminatory, and thoroughly un-American. And as the court of public opinion wises up to this fact more and more, the realization that these baseless and mean-spirited measures are the civil rights injustice of our day will only increase. And when put up to reasoned scrutiny, fewer and fewer will fall for the rhetorical "family and child protection" arguments that have been accepted in the past.

So while we are quite hopeful that this case will lead to the rightful demise of the Wisconsin marriage amendment, we refuse to operate from a defeatist mindset any longer. We know that as we approach the light at the freedom-styming tunnel that has been the past seven-ish years, our inevitable last laugh is closer than ever. And we also know that the figurative blood that is on our opposition's allegorical hands will leave a stain of intolerance that's so pronounced, its never-dulling existence will only held future generations of gays overcome the persecution that so many of their predecessors have had to endure.

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