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Statement from Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen in the Matter of Wolf, et al. v. Walker, et al.

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued the following statement today in response to the ruling released today by Judge Barbara B. Crabb for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin in the matter of Wolf, et al. v. Walker, et al.


“As Attorney General, I have an obligation to uphold Wisconsin law and our Constitution.  While today’s decision is a setback, we will continue to defend the constitutionality of our traditional marriage laws and the constitutional amendment, which was overwhelmingly approved by voters.  I will appeal.


Importantly, current law remains in force.  I am encouraged by the District Court’s refusal to issue an immediate injunction. We have seen the disruption to couples and families throughout the United States when courts have first allowed same-sex marriage only to have those marriages subsequently called into question by another court. I anticipate the United States Supreme Court will give finality to this issue in their next term.


I will continue defend our Constitution and law in whatever forum is appropriate and I would hope my successor will fulfill this same oath and obligation.”


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