Nerve Centers in Every Region

In this TV report about the campaigns for and against the civil unions and marriage ban, the head of the Family Research Institute says the "nerve center" of their efforts is in Wausau. She claims their support is statewide and ours is only in Madison.

Really? We have a very active group in Wausau working on the ground to stop the ban. In fact, a bunch of people even traveled from Minocqua to a recent organizing meeting in Wausau. We also have groups in Stevens Point and Marshfield. And Appleton, Oshkosh, Green Bay, Eau Claire, Kenosha, Racine, Janesville, Waukesha, and La Crosse.

It just so happens WAOW, Channel 9 in Wausau has an online poll today gauging support for the ban (see the lower left hand side). Right now, 57% of the 2,889 people who've weighed in oppose the ban. (Thanks Paul in Wood County for the tip.)

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At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It figures. They'll always be trying to divide us every which way. Gay and straight is bad enough, but now rural vs. urban? Wisconsin can and will rise up and be united. Does anyone know if there are plans to sell anti-amendment T-shirts and/or bumperstickers?

At 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lawn signs too. I want to put a lawn sign in my front yard in Peshtigo to combat exactly this misconception.

At 2:11 PM, Anonymous Kent said...

I just bought a house and too would love to welcome myself to the neighborhood with a yard sign. If anyone knows if they are available, I will be happy to purchase one.

At 2:36 PM, Blogger Ingrid Ankerson said...

We don't have any lawn signs, but I could make a pdf for people to print & put in their windows. Would that work for now?

At 3:56 PM, Blogger Benjamin Dueholm said...

It looks like the pro-ammendment folks might have jammed the poll. Go and vote if you haven't so far.

Good luck with all your work. I'm a Wisconsinite in seminary in Chicago, but I'll do my best to help.

At 6:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm in Wales (Waukesha County) and I'd love to have some type of yard sign or bumper sticker...but in the mean time a PDF file would work fine for me.


At 8:51 PM, Anonymous BJ (Medford, WI) said...

As far as I'm concerned, the homosexuals and lesbians shouldn't have any more rights than I, as an "individual", or "single" person has...I'm not married and they should only have the same rights that I have...They, if they decide to "live together," they still only should have the rights that "individuals" have...not that "married" people have.

I don't believe in "same sex" far as I'm concerned, there is "no such thing" as a same sex marriage.

The term "marriage" is the joining of a "gentleman" and a "lady," for the purpose of conceiving children and forming a family.

If God wanted "same sex" marriage, he would have made it possible for a man to get another man pregnant, or a lady to get another lady pregnant, and that's not the case.

They would not even be on this Earth, alive, if it wasn't for a man and a lady getting married, unless they "did it" "out of wedlock" so to speak, which still is technically "sinful," but sometimes people do "correct their mistake" and will then get married to "make it legal" so to speak.

It's just plain wrong and not moral for two people of the same gender or sex to get so called married...It kind of "turns my stomach."

If we "keep this up" so to speak then we'll be punished...It always was "sinful" for that kind of behaviour.

You know, I wasn't going to vote this year, but I just may do so, just for voting for the ban on so called "Gay" marriages.

They aren't even using the term "Gay" properly anymore...Gay meant "Happy," like the "Gay 90's," meaning the 1890's, when 100 years later came along, they've "slurred" the meaning of the term "Gay."

If we "allow" same sex marriage, then what next, do we then have to allow students to live together with themselves and/or get married to each other or to their teachers?

I don't know what the "law" says about a guy and a gal living together for like say 7 years or whatever too, without being married, as I don't remember what occurred too much, as I hadn't paid much attention to it at the time, but it seems to me that there was a question on whether or not to consider that as a "Comman Law" marriage, and I suppose whether or not there was any "legal rights" as a married couple would have.

They could claim that they're being discriminated against because you allowed "gays" to get married.

Sheez...Utter chaos as far as I'm concerned...

Anyway that's my "two-cents" worth.

What kind of "message" are we going to send to our children if we allow this and they see this going on?

Have a nice day but I wish that the so called "gay" people would reconsider what they're doing...and/or I hope they make it illegal to be "formally" married...

Whose the "husband" and whose the "wife?"

A proper marriage is a husband and a wife...Husband being the man and wife being the lady...It doesn't matter "who wears the pants" in the family so to speak...Meaning whose the "boss" in the family...It can always mean "mutual or "equal" "bosses," or no bosses as such...just "work together" as an "equal partnership."

BJ (Medford, Wisconsin)

At 9:05 PM, Anonymous BJ said...

I meant "who's the husband and who's the wife," but I also read somewhere where it stated that Jesus didn't condemn homosexuality and lesbianism, or something to that affect...Of course he didn't...there was no such thing, so how can you condemn something that doesn't, or didn't exist?

Oh well, whatever will be will be I guess...I just hope that I don't get punished for what the "gays" do, or if same sex marriages continue to be allowed.

Have a Great Day though anyway,

BJ (Medford, WI)

At 11:30 AM, Blogger David Schowengerdt said...

We have some bumper stickers supporting marriage equality. We'll have some against the amendment soon. If Fair Wisconsin puts together a yard sign, that would be great.

Our bumper stickers are at our BlockOut Wisconsin paraphernalia section.

At 2:34 PM, Anonymous Peace Action Wi said...

Peace Action WI,
( proud member of the No On the Amendment Coalition)
has an assortment of buttons and stickers, bumper and smaller,including quite a few on civil unions, marriage, equality as well as every other progressive issue.There are also a few tshirts.
Hours are M-F 11-6
1001 E Keefe

At 10:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What next after "same sex" marriages?

More than one spouse...more than one husband per wife, more than one wife per husband?

Where would this end?

How's this going to look to the outside World, to other countries in otherwords, will it affect tourism? I wonder...

At 8:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good question on tourism.

Yes, what will countries like Spain, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Canada and South Africa think of us for making gay and lesbian couples permanent second-class citizens?

As for the polygamy red herring, maybe "anonymous" should look at practices in certain other parts of the world...other than rural Utah, I mean.

At 7:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, take a look at other countries, and you're right, but I thought that America was a better country than they were, or are, but if we allow this, then we won't be any better than they are...Take a look at the news story yesterday, in India they "married" a little girl to a dog!

Is that what's next for America?

I hope not.

Again, I thought that we are a better country than other countries, but if we allow the same things as other countries, unless it's a good thing, than we won't be any better than they are, we'll be the same as they are, no better than they are.

We won't be setting a better example, but it probably will occur...Maybe the vote will go towards the ban this time, but it probably will be allowed sooner or later.

At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had to go to work, so I didn't have a whole lot of time to comment.

As I mentioned, in one country, when a child cuts their first tooth, they marry the child to an animal to ward off evil spirits, and that's fine for their country, and they probably have always believed that way.

I'm taking a look at other countries ad what they have done or what they do...Hmm...Let's see now...

Here's a country where prostitution is "legalized," or if not legalized, is accepted or ignored, and some of the people are so poor, they "sell off" their children for money.

Here's another one where they've sacrificed human beings for their religious practices...It looks like they may have stopped doing that but they are still sacrificing animals like goats and sheep.

Here's another one where a guy can have as many wives as he wants to have.

I don't know for sure but I don't think that I want to have our country be like those countries.

Here's a country that appears to be so poor that they don't even have running water everywhere that they need it, and in fact, "we're" over there trying to help them out...and some of these countries are trying to be more like our country...including attempting to get rid of communism...or did get rid of it.

You say that you're being treated like second-class citizens, well I don't see that being done, and in fact, I myself have had bad treatment too in some ways.

You, meaning people like you, meaning gays and lesbians, say that you're trying to get the same rights I have...Well you already have the same rights that I also say that you want to be treated the same...well then I'd have to say that it's you people who are being different from the rest of us, and you aren't asking for the same rights that I are asking for more and/or different rights than I have.

You can already marry a just want to change that to be allowed to marry the same sex...

Anyway, good luck to you anyway, but I just disagree with most of what you people say about this matter.

I don't agree that you're trying to get the same rights that I have, you already have the same rights that I have...what you're doing is asking for more rights than I have or to change those rights that we all have.

You also say that you want to be treated the same as everyone else and that you don't want to be treated as second-class citizens.

Even though I don't like what you're doing, I have still talked to lesbians as one was my Dad's boss here, and also to a couple of gay guys, but I don't agree how you're living...I just want to be left alone and not be bothered by another guy trying to get together with me as I'm "straight," as everyone calls it...The thing is though is that even though you say that you want to be treated the same as everyone else, you aren't acting like everyone else, or you're drawing attention by saying, or showing without saying, that you're different than most everyone else and that you want different rights, the right to marry the same sex.

Of course if and when we have that right in place for some time, then that will be the same rights too, but I hope not, but it probably will take place sooner or later.

Well, off to eat lunch, Have a Great Day,

At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Hmm... said...

Dad would say that if you want to be like other countries, or if you want to have what other countries have, go live in that country, meaning if you like the way they live in Amsterdam for example, go live there...We came to this country to get away from some of the things in other countries, like high taxes, even though they look high to me now, communism, etc.

Oh well, maybe the ban will occur this time, but it probably will come about some day though anyway...Legal marriages to another person of the same sex that is.


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