This is kind of a big deal…

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb Friday overturned Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban.

The measure was overwhelmingly passed through a state constitutional amendment in 2006.

The Wisconsin case comes amid a broad shift in public opinion about same-sex marriage.

Nationwide, same-sex couples have the right to marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Judges in seven of the remaining 31 states have issued rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans, with those rulings stayed as they work their way through appellate courts.

In Wisconsin, voters in 2006 resoundingly approved the same-sex marriage amendment, 59% to 41%. Every county in the state except Dane voted for it.

But the most recent Marquette Law School poll, released May 21, found 55% of registered voters statewide now favor allowing gay marriage, while 37% oppose it and 6% say they do not know.

While this certainly isn’t the last ruling I expect to see regarding Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage, I do expect that Judge Crabb’s ruling will ultimately be upheld.

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5 Responses to Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban

  1. John Casper says:

    Zach, thanks.

    Here’s a link to Judge Crabb’s opinion.

  2. John Casper says:

    Best Tweet I saw was from @illusory_tenant

    “Federal court clears way for Kleefisch to marry ottoman”

    That’s in reference to:

    “At what point are we going to OK marrying inanimate objects? Can I marry this table, or this, you know, clock? Can we marry dogs?” she’s asked.

    • Sue says:

      My husband would like to know if there is any funny business going on between Clint Eastwood and that chair.

  3. nonquioxte says:

    The best comment on the Judge’s ruling so far is written by Allison over at First Draft:

    Oh, but could we also apply her emotional zeal to our efforts to rid WI state government of all its current cancerous lesions.

    Peace, and Resolve to make it so.

  4. Mike Schmidt says:

    FOX NEWS ALERT ! Scott Walker hospitalized !! Severe case of Shitting Blue Bubbles since Judge Crabb handed down her ruling

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