US: Wisconsin attorney general and governor concede same-sex marriage fight

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Wisconsin’s attorney general and governor have conceded that the fight over same-sex marriage in the state is over.

Earlier today, the US Supreme Court rejected seven pending appeals involving same-sex marriage rulings from Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

One of those appeals was Wisconsin’s Wolf, et al. v. Walker, et al., which ruled against the state’s 2006 amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen commented on the decision in a press statement.

He said: “We defended the state’s Marriage Protection Amendment in court. That was our obligation, and our attorneys did so admirably, regardless of whether they agreed with the underlying policy question.

“The Seventh Circuit affirmed the District Court’s decision holding Wisconsin’s Marriage Protection Amendment unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court has declined the opportunity to examine that decision. It is now our obligation to comply with those court decisions.”

The attorney general also called for everyone to “respect the Court’s action.”

Prior to today’s announcement, Van Hollen stated that, similar to abortion, there was no fundamental right to same-sex marriage.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who voted for the 2006 amendment, has stated that his position remains unchanged, but that the battle over the issue has ended following the Supreme Court’s action.