A political science professor from the UW-Oshkosh is taking on Wisconsin's gay marriage ban.
Wisconsinites approved a statewide ban on gay marriage last November. Bill McConkey has filed a lawsuit in Dane County to prevent it from being enforced and is also asking the court to overturn the ban. He says the amendment was an affront to the intellect of the state. The lawsuit challenges the amendment on the grounds that it violates the 1st and 14th amendments to the US Constitution, and also on the grounds that it was posed wrong on the ballot to the people of Wisconsin.
McConkey is not gay. He's married, with nine children and seven grandchildren. Although, he says sexuality is not what the lawsuit is about. McConkey's doing it because it's a Constitutional violation.
McConkey has no legal background and filed the lawsuit without the help of an attorney. He says it's not clear if his challenge will go forward, but he's open to any help opponents of the ban want to offer.
McConkey is currently waiting to see if the Governor or Attorney General respond to the lawsuit.