MADISON - A federal judge has ruled that Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.Wisconsin's voters passed a constitutional ban against same-sex marriages in 2006, but the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Wisconsin, and the law firm of Mayer Brown filed a lawsuit on behalf of eight Wisconsin couples challenging the ban.
Part of Friday's ruling reads: "It is DECLARED that art. XIII, § 13 of the Wisconsin Constitution violates plaintiffs' fundamental right to marry and their right to equal protection of laws under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constiution."
The state motioned to stay the case in March and to dismiss it in April, but both motions were denied. It's not yet clear when same-sex marriages will be able to be performed in Wisconsin.
The ruling came just as PrideFest Milwaukee kicked off Friday. The three-day event runs through Sunday. The ACLU of Wisconsin first broke the news Friday on Twitter:
Read the decision here!!!
Here's Ed Schultz with Rep. Mark Pocan: