Press Room

March 12, 2004

Category: Civil Unions, Domestic Partners

HRC Condemns Wisconsin Senate Passage of Anti-Family Constitutional Amendment

No Constitution Should Be Used to Discriminate, Says HRC

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign condemned the Wisconsin Senate passage of a constitutional amendment that would deny marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships to same-sex couples in the state.

"No constitution should ever be used to discriminate," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "We will continue to work closely with the families of Wisconsin to ensure that this kind of biased amendment never defaces their Constitution."

"We have faith in the fairness and compassion of the people of this state," said Chris Ott, executive director of Action Wisconsin, the statewide gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights group. "Wisconsinites will soundly reject this amendment should it pass the Legislature again next January, especially once they understand that it is designed to ban civil unions, comprehensive domestic partnership benefits and marriage."

HRC partnered with Action Wisconsin to generate grassroots opposition to the amendment - through action alerts, a town hall meeting and

Equality Fund grants of $19,000 for polling and online advocacy, among other work. The measure - which was already passed in the House - must be passed again in the next session of the Legislature by a simple majority of both Houses. The question would then be placed on the ballot, which could not happen before April 2005.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community