August 27, 2014

Appling reacts to same-sex marriage ban challenge

The head of a conservative advocacy group expects Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex unions to withstand a legal challenge. Julaine Appling says there was little surprising about the lawsuit, given the U.S. Supreme Court decision which struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

“We’re not the first state to see this kind of challenge, and I’m sure we won’t be the last,” Appling said.

The President of Wisconsin Family Action expects the state’s amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman will withstand the challenge.

“We think that our amendment is a strong amendment, and that it does not in any way run afoul of the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution,” Appling said.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit Monday on behalf of four same-sex couples in Wisconsin. The state’s amendment effectively banning such unions was approved by voters in 2006.