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

Oct 6 2014
Statement from Wisconsin 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 after the United States Supreme Court denied the State’s Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the matter of Wolf, et al. v. Walker, et al.

 

“We defended the state’s Marriage Protection Amendment in court.  That was our obligation, and our attorneys did so admirably, regardless of whether they agreed with the underlying policy question. 

 

The Seventh Circuit affirmed the District Court’s decision holding Wisconsin’s Marriage Protection Amendment unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court has declined the opportunity to examine that decision.  It is now our obligation to comply with those court decisions.

 

I encourage everyone to respect the Court’s action and to administer the law fairly and impartially.  Once the District Court formally lifts the stay, officials must apply the marriage law consistent with the District Court’s order and the Seventh Circuit’s decision.”

 

Among other things, the District Court order requires all state actors to “treat same-sex couples the same as different-sex couples in the context of processing a marriage license or determining the rights, protections, obligations or benefits of marriage.”

 

A link to the Seventh Circuit’s ruling on Thursday, September 4, 2014, is available here

 

On Friday, June 6, 2014, Judge Barbara Crabb for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin released her ruling in the matter of Wolf, et al. v. Walker, et al.  Judge Crabb’s Opinion and Order is available here.