The Capital Times' Judy Davidoff traveled outside of Madison to hear what people around the state thought of the ban. Turns out, a lot of people are conflicted, and many are quiet on the issue.
Individual people of faith:
Rosie Pavek attends church regularly at St. Matthew's Church in Green Bay. A lifelong Catholic, she believes in the sanctity of marriage and will reluctantly support Wisconsin's proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions.
"I still believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman, although I have a lot of friends who are gay and lesbian who have had commitment ceremonies, and I am OK with that," Pavek says.
Republicans in the state Legislature pushed the amendment onto the fall ballot in an attempt to bring out conservative voters for GOP candidates, including gubernatorial challenger Mark Green. Yet neither the party machinery nor Republican candidates have rallied behind the amendment since.Vote Yes for Marriage has been quiet too (although they're about to start running TV ads):
And the mega-chruches:
The institute sought out volunteers on its Web site to help make phone calls, host fundraisers and distribute literature. But not one amendment supporter contacted for this article was involved in this kind of work or could point to anyone who was. Appling and her associates were also unable to name anyone working on any such tasks.
Even the mega-churches in Waukesha and Green Bay, which Appling identified as key supporters of the pro-amendment cause, don't appear to have made the amendment a priority.John Green's take?
Bayside Church in Green Bay, whose former pastor Arni Jacobson had been tapped by Appling as a state leader on the issue, organized no formal activities around passage of the amendment, according to receptionist Nancy Lambert. Multiple calls to Jacobson and current pastors at the church were not returned.
"[For] a voter confronting a ballot measure, the safest place is 'no' if one has any questions about the bill because a 'no' vote doesn't change anything, whereas a 'yes' vote does."Davidoff concludes, "But turnout, as always, will be key."
Green says there tends to be a lot of hidden support for these amendments in churches and rural areas. If country dwellers and church members flock to the polls, he says, "it will help the amendment to pass."
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