Leaving the state of WI to get married and returning can incur fines of $10,000 and/or 9 months in prison! WI Gov. Scott Walker sued!

  • popobtc

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    Feb 06, 2014 1:49 AM GMT
    Four same-sex couples represented by the American Civil Liberties Union sued Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and other state top administration officials on Monday, challenging Wisconsin’s seven-year-old ban on gay marriage.

    In addition to attempting to overturn the state’s constitutional amendment barring marriage equality, the lawsuit also seeks to repeal Wisconsin’s "marriage evasion" law, which criminalizes leaving the state to “contract a marriage that is prohibited or void” in Wisconsin. Couples violating the marriage evasion statute can be fined up to “$10,000 or imprisoned for not more than 9 months or both.”

    “Wisconsin is unique in that sense, and so we think that argument particularly exemplifies the harm or the animus toward same-sex couples in some parts of the country,” John Knight, director of ACLU's LGBT and AIDS Project, told the Washington Blade on Monday.

    The couples in the lawsuit are Roy Badger and Garth Wangemann; Charvonne Kemp and Marie Carlson; Judith Trampf and Katharina Heyning; and Virginia Wolf and Carol Schumacher, the lead plaintiffs in the case.

    Virginia Wolf et al. v. Scott Walker et al., which was filed by the ACLU, the ACLU of Wisconsin and Mayer Brown LLP, argues that Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban violates the couples’ due process and equal protection rights under the 14th Amendment.

    “Wisconsin, a historic leader in marriage equality, maintains one of the most restrictive bans on marriage for same-sex couples in the nation,” the lawsuit reads. “The State deprives same-sex couples of these rights and freedoms for no other reason than their sexual orientation and their sex.”

    “We’re completely in love, and we’d like to be married in the state that we live in,” Kemp, one of the plaintiffs, told the Washington Blade on Monday. “I’m willing to go to the Supreme Court to fight for the right for everyone to be able to get married if that’s what they choose to do. It’s about marriage equality for all, not marriage equality for some, or for just us.”

    The lawsuit is pending before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin while numerous states, including Kentucky, Utah, Florida and Virginia, are facing dozens of similar lawsuits seeking marriage equality.


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/03/scott-walker-lawsuit-gay-marriage_n_4718412.html
  • Webster666

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    Feb 06, 2014 2:46 AM GMT
    This is one of the most outrageous things I've ever heard.
    No court would ever uphold that nonsense.
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    Feb 06, 2014 3:27 AM GMT
    holy crap, I didn't know they had that evasion law too -- seriously WTF!
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    Feb 06, 2014 4:54 AM GMT
    YourName2000 saidI can't even see those dicks Scalia, Roberts, and Thomas finding anyway to defend this, if it ever gets to the SCOTUS.

    Offensive...this "evasion law" is pretty much baiting a high court to slap it down.

    Not only that, but how many Republicans here on RJ will defend it? Or be silent? Proving yet again that you can't be a US Republican and also support gay rights.

    Because I remember how many Republican RJers have been cheerleaders for Governor Walker. Cheering his union busting efforts, cheering his underfunding of education, cheering his closing of polling places where more Democrats live than Republicans, cheering his eliminating domestic partner benefits.

    Well, no problem. Republican RJers will find a way to rationalize this. Or say it really doesn't matter, move along, nothing to see here. Worn tactics we see from them time and again.
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    Feb 06, 2014 5:08 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    YourName2000 said
    southbeach1500 said
    popobtc said

    In addition to attempting to overturn the state’s constitutional amendment barring marriage equality, the lawsuit also seeks to repeal Wisconsin’s "marriage evasion" law, which criminalizes leaving the state to “contract a marriage that is prohibited or void” in Wisconsin. Couples violating the marriage evasion statute can be fined up to “$10,000 or imprisoned for not more than 9 months or both.”


    Does that apply to straight marriages too?

    Are straight marriages "prohibited or void" in Wisconsin, SB? icon_confused.gif


    You didn't answer my question. But you're free to try again Mr. Canadian.

    Hint: A person could be married in WI and also be married in, oh, NV. The NV marriage would be "void" in WI.


    That's a different statute. Look it up. 994.05.
  • HottJoe

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    Feb 06, 2014 5:19 AM GMT
    Republicans claim their party's anti gay movement is on the fringes, but Scott Walker is as mainstream as it gets in the GOP. He's a republican governor of a blue state. He wants to be president. The republicans really are getting nuttier every day, and more terrifying.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Feb 06, 2014 5:21 AM GMT
    How was it even possible to pass such as obviously bigoted law?