Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Marriage Ban
June 06, 2014
A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled today in favor the freedom to marry and against the state’s marriage ban. This is the twentieth ruling by a federal or state judge that a discriminatory state marriage ban is unconstitutional since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted DOMA in a landmark decision.
U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb wrote, “I conclude that the Wisconsin laws prohibiting marriage between same-sex couples interfere with plaintiffs’ right to marry, in violation of the due process clause, and discriminate against plaintiffs on the basis of sexual orientation, in violation of the equal protection clause."
In a statement today, Freedom to Marry’s President Evan Wolfson said, “Across the country, the courts agree: same-sex couples and their families need the dignity of marriage, and anti-marriage laws are indefensible. With over 70 marriage cases now making their way through the courts, today's decision in Wisconsin underscores that all of America is ready for the freedom to marry. It's time now for the Supreme Court to bring resolution nationwide.”
Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have the freedom to marry. For more information on pending marriage litigation, go to www.freedomtomarry.org/litigation.