Wisconsin's High Court Upholds Gay-Marriage Ban

In a 7-0 ruling, the court found a 2006 constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and civil unions was properly put to voters in a statewide referendum. The court rejected a lawsuit claiming the amendment violated a rule that limits referendum questions to a single subject, saying both gay marriage and civil unions related to marriage status.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions.

In a 7-0 ruling, the court on Wednesday ruled that the 2006 constitutional amendment was properly put to voters in a statewide referendum.

The court rejected a lawsuit that claimed the amendment violated a rule that limits referendum questions to a single subject. The lawsuit, filed by a voter opposed to the amendment, argued that gay marriage and civil unions were two different subjects.

Justice Michael Gableman said both sentences "carry out the same general purpose of preserving the legal status of marriage in Wisconsin as between only one man and one woman."

Katie Belanger, executive director of the gay-rights group FAIR Wisconsin, said her group hasn't given up. "We are gaining support and building momentum for the eventual repeal of this amendment through the legislative process and the eventual and a subsequent ballot initiative again in the coming years," she said.

Wisconsin is one of 30 states that have adopted constitutional amendments defining marriage as between only one man and one woman.

Gil Halsted of Wisconsin Public Radio contributed to this report, which contains material from The Associated Press

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