Four Former Governors Speak Out Against the Ban

We are honored to have the support of four former Wisconsin governors. They issued the following joint statement today.
Former Governors Oppose Civil Unions & Marriage Ban

Governors Patrick Lucey, Martin Schreiber, Lee Sherman Dreyfus, and Tony Earl issued the following statement today:

Madison -- "We oppose the proposed constitutional ban on civil unions and marriage. As former governors, we believe the ban runs contrary to the values of freedom and fairness that make Wisconsin great.

"The founding document of our state is designed to lay the foundation for our government and protect individual freedoms. The civil unions and marriage ban is wrong because it would mark the first time we have ever amended our constitution to limit freedom.

"We also oppose the ban because it is unnecessarily harsh and far reaching. Marriage for gay couples is already illegal in the state of Wisconsin. It is unfair to single out a group of people in our state and deny them any measure of basic legal protection.

"We urge the people of Wisconsin to carefully consider the civil unions and marriage ban, and the impact it will have on families who live in our state. We hope you will join us in voting no in November."
Governor Patrick Lucey (Democrat) served Wisconsin as Governor from 1971 to 1977.

Governor Martin Schreiber (Democrat) served from 1977 to 1979.

Governor Lee Sherman Dreyfus (Republican) served from 1979 to 1983. Governor Dreyfus signed the nation's first-ever law to prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

Governor Tony Earl (Democrat) served from 1983 to 1987.


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1 Comments:

At 7:30 AM, Anonymous Keith said...

Did Fair Wisconsin organize this statement from the ex-governors? Or did they do it of their own accord?

I am curious to see Tommy Thompson's name missing! He is personally quite upset by the fact that his own party has pushed this ballot initiative through, and his brother is quite vocal about opposing the ban. How did we fail to get Tommy to join his colleagues?

 

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