Wisconsin Governor Doyle Ignores 59% of Voters, Presses for Civil Unions

“I do not believe people in Wisconsin would have voted ‘no’ on civil unions,” Doyle said.

Governor Doyle may not want to believe it, but Wisconsin residents DID vote “no” to civil unions. State Rep. Mark Gundrum says it very well (see below).

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Excerpted from Doyle: Take New Look at Civil Unions, by David Callender and Judith Davidoff, published Dec 18, 2006, by Capital Times:

doyle.jpegGov. Jim Doyle (pictured right) said today that he believes the fight over legalizing same-sex civil unions in Wisconsin is not finished.

Despite the passage of a constitutional amendment last month banning same-sex marriages, Doyle said in an interview that he believes civil unions are “one of the things people should be looking at and discussing.”

Doyle said he believes it was unfair for opponents of gay marriage to include a provision in the amendment that would ban any relationships “substantially similar” to marriage.

The amendment, which passed with 59 percent of the vote, also defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

“I do not believe people in Wisconsin would have voted ‘no’ on civil unions,” Doyle said.

The governor said he believes a new constitutional amendment proposed by state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, to ban discrimination could be a way to blunt the effects of the marriage ban.

mark-gundrum.jpg…But Rep. Mark Gundrum, R-New Berlin (pictured left), does not believe civil unions would be permitted under Wisconsin’s recently passed ban on same-sex marriage.

“I think the people spoke loudly and clearly that
they don’t want gay marriage or gay marriage by a different name
to be legalized in this state,”

said Gundrum, one of the co-authors of Wisconsin’s amendment.

“In Vermont and Connecticut, it’s marriage in everything
but the letter used to describe it.
That would not be permitted under the amendment.”

This article was posted on Friday, December 22nd, 2006 at 12:18 am and is filed under "Civil Unions" & "Gay Marriage", Candidates & Elected Officials, News, Pending Legislation. You can follow any updates to this article through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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