Pocan Statement on Appeal of Wisconsin Gay Marriage Ban
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), a co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, today issued the following statement on the decision by Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to appeal Friday’s federal court ruling which struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional:
“For the first time, LGBT couples received the legal recognition and benefits of marriage from our state. The rights of all LGBT individuals across Wisconsin were upheld by a federal court on Friday and yet today Attorney General Van Hollen is asking a federal appeals court to stop county clerks from issuing marriage licenses. The Attorney General’s decision to appeal the ruling that struck down Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage is a regressive and blatantly political attempt to revive a hateful and discriminatory law which violates the ideals of liberty and equality in our Constitution. Society has changed, barriers to equality continue to be broken down; it's too bad our Attorney General is still living in a more hateful day."