Students for a Fair Wisconsin in the News

Students for a Fair Wisconsin received a lot of fantastic media coverage again last week, due in part to the UW Board of Regents coming out against the ban. Both the Badger Herald (here, here and here) and the Daily Cardinal (here and here) provided coverage of the decision. Bassey Etim applauds the Board of Regents' decision in a column in the Badger Herald, writing:

The marriage amendment is simply bad business for UW schools and hurts our ability to compete with other university systems.

Further, he explains why our opposition (despite broad support for Fair Wisconsin from people of all walks of life) tends to paint the issue along partisan lines:

[State Representatives Steve] Nass and [Mark] Gundrum change the issue from gay marriage to Doyle's politics because they have no credible evidence to back up their theory that gay marriage would be so detrimental to our society that a ban must be written into our state’s Constitution. The regents took a risk by formulating an official policy because gubernatorial candidate Mark Green has expressed his distaste with a number of university policies and could inflame anti-UW sentiment across the state. Nonetheless, UW has a duty to stand by its faculty, especially when regressive legislation like this has already resulted in the loss of quality instructors. UW’s responsibility goes beyond political impact.

The Daily Cardinal also published a report on the significance of the student vote. UW-Madison Professor Joe Elder explained:

This amendment would be crushingly defeated with the students I deal with. For this group, gay marriage is not a problem. The overwhelming sense I get from the class is, what's the big deal?

Finally, reports on debates held at UW-Madison, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville, and Marquette appeared in campus papers. And we also had letters to the editor published in the Badger Herald and the UW-River Falls Student Voice.

The coverage of students working against the ban has been widespread and overwhelmingly shows that students are doing what it will take to make a difference on November 7.

Note: this entry also appears on the Students for a Fair Wisconsin blog.


At 4:14 PM, Blogger Communitygal said...

Make no mistake, this amendment fight is shaping up to be a generational one: will we stand for the older generation writing in stone their feelings on social-legal policy by amending the constitution and halting development of such policy, or will we defeat this amendment, thus allowing the next generation of policy-makers and leaders to determine who should have legal rights and obligations, and how.

Let's hear it for the students and the rest of the under-30's for keeping the doors open to progress!

At 4:35 PM, Blogger Paul said...

It's just amazing the percentage of young people who oppose this amendment and who, in general, favor gay marriage. I'm not sure if it is a truly generational issue or if it is just a "phase." Do young people, especially college students, merely go through a time in their lives where they are more open-minded, only to later in life develop a more restricted view, or will they continue to favor equality throughout their lives?

It's an interesting question, but I hope that the future will show us that in the end, equality is a principle we all can live with.


At 4:51 PM, Anonymous Amy Kallas said...

Hey Community Gal,

Please avoid ageist comments. Take a look at the volunteers who show up to canvass, help in the offices, contribute $, and help in many other ways. You'll see lots of people in their 40s, 50s 60s, etc.

There are many of us who fought the early fights for women's issues, civil rights, against the Vietnam war.... we're still progressive and involved.

There is no question that, in general, younger people are more comfortable with gay marriage and the student vote is critical..... but now is not the time to make divisive remarks.

We are all in this together.

At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I volunteer almost every day and I see all kinds of folks and all ages at the storefront. Students, under-30's who are not students, moms, dads, grandparents, great-grandparents, pretty much any age and anybody you can imagine. This issue is one that cuts across all generations.

I do think the new voters should give themselves a hand for transcending the sterotype of being apathetic: what energy and committment! And we should give a hand to those who have been part of this and other progressive struggles for years: may we grow to be like you. And especially huge welcomes to those of all ages who have just begun to get involved, just changed their minds, or just discovered their political agency: you're brave!

At 12:15 AM, Anonymous Kyle Simplot said...

The Amendment is not so much about "protecting" sacred "marriage" as it is about "punishing" those who seek to secular equivalent. Gays should not want to copy hetero "marriage" but develop their own special nomenclature.

At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are a whole bunch of middle and high school students who want nothing more than to defeat this amendment, too. :)

Brian J.

At 5:44 PM, Blogger Communitygal said...

Amy, I truly didn't mean to be ageist, and deeply apologize. Our canvassers and donors over 50, over 60 and over 70 are absolutely crucial, and I value them very much. My most valued mentors are all 60-85+ years old now, and all still very politically active in progressive issues.

What I was saying, perhaps not very well, was that demographically speaking, younger voters tend to be no voters, and older voters tend to be yes voters. This moment could be sort of a "last stand" for those who support this amendment, for with any luck, as those who are 18-30 become 28-40, those who are now 6-18 will become 18-30, and will also be no voters . . .

Anyway, sorry, I didn't mean to be ageist.

At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Amy said...

Hi Community Gal,

Thank you for responding.

I think I was a bit sensitive that day. I had been gathering info about the national head of the Family Research Institute. He is so scary. Given his comments, I think he and others would have loved to be part of the Inquisition. I believe literally that if some of the far right fringe were in power, our very lives would be in danger. And they are using us to divide the country.

So I think I reacted at the possibilty we would be divided amongst ourselves.

Thanks you for your gracious response.

You are right, young people are the hope for the future. Diversity is no big deal to them. We will prevail now or in the future, but we will prevail.

Thanks for your activism.



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