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Letter to the editor

Marriage vote needs more info

October 20, 2006

As I was browsing the Web site for the Family Research Institute of Wisconsin, I found it to be quite entertaining. This extremist organization is very effective in twisting the truth and making it visible to the average, uninformed voter. They present an extensive list of pastors and ministers who are for this constitutional amendment, but after counting, just four out of 254 are women. Only four women!?!

What sort of message is this sending? Do we think women should be subservient, passive and the property of men again?

The Web site also has a question and answer section. One question says, “Doesn’t Wisconsin law already define marriage in this state as one man and one woman?”

To that they answer, “No, it does not.”

Wisconsin state statutes state that marriage, so far as its validity at law is concerned, is a civil contract to which the consent of the parties capable in law of contracting is essential, and which creates the legal status of husband and wife. While the words husband and wife appear several times in the statutes, nowhere in Wisconsin state statutes is husband defined as a man and wife defined as a woman.”
Let me state this: If marriage wasn’t already defined as one man and one woman, I think there would have been some sort of court case in Wisconsin suing for same-sex couples to have the right to marry. Oh, but wait, there aren’t any gay people in Wisconsin.

Let’s not let these people fool us. Find out the real facts for yourself. Become an informed voter. Think about what you are hearing and seeing.

Does it make sense to you?

Get the facts at: www.fairwisconsin.com.

Lacey Felmlee
Student