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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinMarch 10, 2006 Issue 

Marriage Amendment on ballot

Wisconsin bishops pleased with decision to ask voters to decide on November 7

Wisconsin's Catholic bishops are pleased with the decision of the Assembly to send to the voters a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman.

By a 62-31 vote, the Assembly approved SJR 53, thus placing the amendment on the Nov. 7 general election ballot. The Senate had approved the measure in December.

"The bishops are pleased with the legislature's action on the proposed amendment," said John Huebscher, executive director of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference in a statement.

"Wisconsin is one step closer to placing this question before the voters and the strong vote in favor of the resolution mirrors the public sentiment on the issue," Huebscher said. "The bishops anticipate that when given the chance to approve this amendment, the voters will do so, as they have in other states where the question was put before them."

"As to the debate between now and November, the bishops hope all citizens will repudiate words and deeds that demean individuals with a homosexual orientation," Huebscher said. "Supporters of this amendment must serve only to affirm marriage, not foster hostility to any group or individual. The bishops hope they will do so with courage, compassion and civility."

The 43-word amendment recognizes only marriage between one man and one woman and does not give similar legal status to civil unions between unmarried individuals.

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