Well Wisconsin: its done. Were on the list of Marriage Equality. That means that Love Is Love, Marriage is on the even plane and yes, it does involve the group of the LGBT’s, Gays and Lesbians finally getting a ban lifted and getting married in their courthouses, having those pics taken and by the time this blog is done, the hits just kept coming. And of all of this: Milwaukee’s PrideFest Celebration at our own Summerfest Grounds have been boosted.
Ok, so…….how did we get here? Why was it lifted, and how did it got banned in the first place?
Well, it all began in the year of 2006. By the way, that’s the same year I got out of UW-Stout with my B.S. Degree. Anyway, the Legislature at the time, voted for a measure of the same sex marriage use would not be active nor granted in the state of Wisconsin. Well, here is another angle from the stories of MSNBC:
In 2006, Wisconsin voters easily approved an anti-gay amendment to the state constitution, banning marriage equality in the state.
And a line from the Wisconsin Referrendum:
The text of the adopted amendment, which became Article XIII, Section 13 of the state constitution, reads:
“ Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state.
Henceforth, the state wanted to make sure it stays between one man and one woman. We all know this.
For 8 years, it’s been debated, challenged, protested and many others. When June 6th, 2014, came that streak was broken. Many here in the state either on TV, the internet, Social Media, were all geared to the breaking news either the reaction was positive or negative. All had to see what was the news that was breaking. A federal judge ruled that the Same Sex Marriage Ban was unconstitutional, and it was overturned in a matter of minutes.
Think of this June 6th, 2014 was “Wisconsin Goes on the Marriage Equality List Day”. On the same day in which our troops way back 70 years ago landed on Normandy Beach.
Now what is my take on this? I’m going to say this and I’m going to be real about it. Frankly, I don’t care. Let the LGBT folks have their platform. Let them have it. No matter what stance you take in terms of this subject. Yes, there are those who feel that it’s against the rules of the Almighty. Many are getting those “what has happened to this state with the ban lifted” speech. Yeah, I know. Of course that will come up! I have a family member that served in the Vietnam War. And he said that the best friends he had in the Military were Gay. He was cool with them. And they was cool with him. Plus he’s my father that served 2 years in the U.S. Army. And he was real about it. I’ll bet many of you of the spotters, had family members that served probably had service members who were Gay or Lesbian, and probably got along under the same flag, same U.S. Armed Forces of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
Furthermore, I know this debate is still in progress, now since Wisconsin had been on this so-called “Open for Business” track, well since the ban had been lifted with the courthouses been open all night and all day, now that’s OPEN FOR BUSINESS!