If you haven’t already heard, Wisconsin recently became the 27th state to potentially allow for gay marriages. US District Judge Barbara Crabb struck down Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban, crushing every argument proponents of the ban put before her.
[box type=”shadow”]”Because my review of that law convinces me that plaintiffs are entitled to the same treatment as any heterosexual couple, I conclude that the Wisconsin laws banning marriage between same-sex couples are unconstitutional.”[/box]
One such argument given was that the “traditional view of marriage — between a man and a woman — has been recognized for millennia.” Judge Crabb blasted this claim too, reminding anti-gay bigots that “traditionally” marriage has more often been polygamy.
[box type=”shadow”]”Throughout History, the most ‘traditional’ form of marriage has not been one man and one woman, but between one man and multiple women, which presumably is not a tradition that defendants and amici would like to continue.”[/box]
Boom! Crabb goes on to state that, while tradition cannot simply be ignored, “there are darker traditions as well, which later generations have rejected as denials of equality.” While slavery, segregation, and denying women the right to vote were all once tradition, we have thankfully progressed from those ideas.
Crabb’s 88-page ruling tears apart one argument after the other, stating that their hateful claims are “bewildering” and “harken back to objections to interracial marriage”. In an especially amusing part of the ruling, addressing the claim that allowing gay marriage would somehow cheapen or otherwise injure straight marriages, Judge Crabb slams their nonsensical bigotry once more:
[box type=”shadow”]”Neither defendants nor amici cite any evidence or even develop a cogent argument to support their belief that allowing same-sex couples to marry somehow will lead to the de-valuing of children in marriage or have some other adverse effect on the marriages of heterosexual couples. Thus, it is doubtful whether defendants’ belief even has a rational basis.“[/box]
Double boom! With judges like Crabb willing to call these anti-equality thugs on their unconstitutional crap, there’s real hope for equal rights in the near future.
Congratulations to all our fellow LGBT allies in Wisconsin!
h/t: Huffington Post
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