As expected, the Republican controlled Wisconsin State Assembly passed the bill to ban same sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships in Wisconsins constitution. It now will go to voters this November for final approval or rejection.
Like I’ve been saying, the fact that is passed today was no surprise. The vote tally was a little interesting to me though, 62-31. There are apparently a few Democrats who voted for the bill and deserve some recognition. If you happen to be represented in the Assembly by any of these people, please give them a call or drop an email expressing your extreme disatisfaction. (If in fact you aren’t here from redstate.org)
- Rep. Staskunas – West Allis
- Rep. Hubler – Rice Lake
- Rep. Krusick – Greenfield / Milwaukee(!)
- Rep. Van Akkeren – Sheboygan / Kohler
- Rep. Williams – North Milwaukee / Shorewood(!)
- Rep. Ziegelbauer – Manitowoc
Three of the six Democrats who voted in favor of writing a hate amendment into the constitution live within 10 miles of me, an area of this state I would consider to be on the progessive side of most issues.
I know there are people who read this weblog who live in areas like Shorewood, West Allis, Kohler, and Greenfield who don’t support this bill. Drop your elected official a line asking them why they voted the way they did.
While their votes wouldn’t have made a difference in the bill being passed – or defeated for that matter, which makes the vote all the more perplexing to people like me – it would have sent a concrete message that the Demoratic party is against this bill and the notion that a percentage of our population deserves to be treated like second class citizens.