The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the state’s 2006 constitutional amendment to ban marriage was properly passed by voters. A voter had challenged the law based on the claim that the referendum dealt with two subjects. Under state law, a referendum vote can only deal with one subject.
The Court said that gay marriage and civil unions " . . . carry out the same general purpose of preserving the legal status of marriage in Wisconsin as between only one man and one woman." Thirty other states have passed constitutional amendments that define marriage as between a man and a woman.
Advocacy groups on both sides of the issue said they will still continue to fight for their respective causes.