Gov. Scott Walker believes a new law that gives gay couples hospital visitation rights violates the state constitution and has asked a judge to allow the state to stop defending it.
Democrats who controlled the Legislature in 2009 changed the law so that same-sex couples could sign up for domestic partnership registries with county clerks to secure some – but not all – of the rights afforded married couples.
Wisconsin Family Action sued last year in Dane County circuit court, arguing that the registries violated a 2006 amendment to the state constitution that bans gay marriage and any arrangement that is substantially similar.
A few points.
1) Why would anyone oppose a sick or dying person being visited by their beloved? That’s twisted. That’s evil.
How are straight marriages threatened if a dying lesbian’s care is directed by her lifelong partner? Explain this to me, please.
2) I think Governor Walker should have the legal right to do the wrong thing by declining to defend this law — just as the Obama administration had the right to do the right thing by declining to defend DOMA. (If the court allows Walker to withdraw, the defense of the law will be run by civil rights group Fair Wisconsin.)
But where are those who, just three months ago, were furious with Obama for declining to defend DOMA? Back then, they said that the executive had a near-holy responsibility to defend in court even a law he considered unconstitutional.
Funny, I’ve yet to hear those folks criticize Scott Walker for his substantially similar decision.
Maggie? Newt? Michele? Bryan? You can speak up any time now.
3) When equal marriage opponents proposed Wisconsin’s anti-SSM constitutional amendment, they argued over and over that the amendment wouldn’t prevent civil unions or forbid laws protecting same-sex partners.
Now the exact same people are seeking to use their constitutional amendment to overturn Wisconsin’s domestic partnership law. That’s the law that allows same-sex partners to have hospital visitation rights and other basic protections.
“Julaine Appling and her right-wing allies said over and over the ban wasn’t about domestic partners,” said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director. “Lo and behold, now they have done a complete 180 degree turn and Wisconsin has a right to know: were they lying then, or are they lying now?”
This seems to be a pattern.