Writing for the majority, U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner affirmed lower court decisions that determined state laws barring same-sex couples from marriage violate the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.Kinda says it all, doesn't it. As a guy who's spent significant amounts of my adult life in both Indiana and Wisconsin, this is especially cool.
“Our pair of cases is rich in detail but ultimately straightforward to decide,” Posner writes. “The challenged laws discriminate against a minority defined by an immutable characteristic, and the only rationale that the states put forth with any conviction — that same-sex couples and their children don’t need marriage because same-sex couples can’t produce children, intended or unintended — is so full of holes that it cannot be taken seriously.
Of course, that isn't stopping D-B Van Hollen from wasting even more taxpayer dollars to accomplish....well, I don't know what.
Dana Breuck, a spokesperson for the Wisconsin attorney general, affirmed that her state would appeal the decision to the Supreme Court as opposed to seeking a rehearing before the full Seventh Circuit.And we just got yet another reason why we need to elect Mary Burke and Susan Happ this November, because they'll stop standing in the courthouse doorway and let the 21st Century walk in to Wisconsin.
“The Attorney General has always believed that this case will ultimately be decided by the United States Supreme Court,” Breuck said.
Now let's have the Pack make it two-fer when it comes to big Cheesehead wins, whaddya say?