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Here's a quick tour of some recent letters to the editor in Marshfield, Eau Claire, and Tomah.
Tomah resident Barbara Sullivan writes to her paper to explain why teachers oppose the civil unions and marriage ban:
WEAC does not have a position on marriage, but it does have a long-standing position against discrimination and for enforcement of collective bargaining agreements. The first sentence in the proposed amendment, “Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state,” is totally unnecessary because it duplicates statutes already law in Wisconsin. The second sentence in the proposed amendment, “A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state,” could interfere with health care issues, medical decision making and bargained health care and retirement benefits for unmarried couples regardless of sexual orientation. This proposed amendment thus serves to write discrimination against “unmarried” people into the Wisconsin Constitution.Jan Andrews writes to the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram to say she has decided to vote against the ban. Why?
First, changing our constitution is a serious legal matter. I do not believe the question of marriage or benefits should be part of a document that sets forth how the state is to be governed.Tracey Olson challenges two recent letters to the Marshfield News Herald, explaining that there is indeed ample evidence that the ban will have far-reaching consequences.
Second, I have studied and discussed the wording of this document with several individuals, and none could say with certainty how this amendment would affect our lives.