MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Wednesday the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions. The court's 7-0 concluded the constitutional amendment was properly put to voters in a referendum statewide back in 2006.
Justices rejected a lawsuit that claimed the amendment violated a rule limiting constitutional amendments to a single subject. Almost 60 percent of voters approved the question asking whether marriage should be limited to one man and one woman, and whether to outlaw "any legal status identical or substantially similar" to marriage for same-sex couples.
Justice Michael Gableman rejected the argument that they are two separate questions that could've reached different results if asked separately. He said both parts of the question had the same general subject: preserving the current legal definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.
"The first sentence preserves the one man-one woman character of marriage by so limiting marriages entered into or recognized in Wisconsin," Gableman wrote. "The second sentence, by its plain terms, ensures that no legislature, court or any other government entity can get around the first sentence by creating or recognizing 'a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage'."