06/30/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
Wisconsin Representative Tammy Baldwin is the only open lesbian serving in Congress. Today, in the wake of the rejection of a lawsuit seeking to overturn a ban on same-sex marriages in her home state, Rep. Baldwin issued the following statement:
“Like many Wisconsinites, I am disappointed in the substantive effect of today’s Wisconsin Supreme Court decision in the case of McConkey v. J.B. Van Hollen, et al. The ballot initiative that spurred this case was more a matter of politics than principle.
Regrettably, Wisconsinites, including many LGBT families, must live with a state constitution that enshrines discrimination.
While the effect of this ruling is a setback in our effort to repeal the discriminatory constitutional amendment banning marriage equality and civil unions, we will continue our quest for equality.”
Representative Baldwin is one of only three openly lesbian or gay members of Congress.