A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that California’s ban on gay marriage violates the civil rights of gay people, and a Wisconsin group is encouraged by the news.
“This decision was absolutely historic for gay and lesbian couples in California and it really sends a message that it is not the right path for voters to decide the fate for caring and committed couples,” says Katie Belanger, executive director of Fair Wisconsin.
The ban known as Proposition 8 was approved by California voters in 2008.
The case is now likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and justices there could rule on all gay marriage bans in the country.
Belanger says her group is trying to convince lawmakers to repeal Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban, instead of going through the courts. Repealing the Badger State’s gay marriage ban would also require voters to approve a statewide referendum.