FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)
"Again, an individual, activist judge is legislating from the bench and trampling on the sovereign will of the people of Wisconsin." — Brian Brown, NOM president —
Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), condemned the decision of U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to overturn Wisconsin's duly enacted state marriage amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Crabb joins a growing list of activist judges falling over themselves to legislate from the bench and make a mockery of the sovereign will of the people. Further, Crabb refused to stay her decision resulting in confusion throughout Wisconsin's county clerks.
"Again, an individual, activist judge is legislating from the bench and trampling on the sovereign will of the people of Wisconsin," declared Brian Brown president of the National Organization for Marriage. "This has got to stop, and the only way it will is for the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and protect the democratic process and the rights of the tens of millions of voters who have declared that they want their state's social policy to define marriage as it has been known for millennia — the union of one man and one woman."
In 2006 nearly 60% of the voters of Wisconsin approved Referendum 1 which defined marriage in the state as the union of one man and one woman.
NOM praised State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen for defending the rights of the people of Wisconsin and declaring that Wisconsin will "continue to defend the constitutionality of our traditional marriage laws and the constitutional amendment, which was overwhelmingly approved by voters." Van Hollen stated that he would seek an emergency order stopping same-sex marriage from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals while the state appeals the decision.
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