What do you think of this objective headline from Bloomberg?
Wisconsin’s Criminal Gay-Marriage Ban Challenged by ACLU
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was sued by four same-sex couples seeking the right to marry in the state and to overturn a law that threatens them with imprisonment if they wed in another state.
The complaint, filed yesterday in federal court in Madison by the American Civil Liberties Union, follows those by advocates seeking to expand recognition for gay couples beyond the 17 states where such marriages are allowed. Similar litigation is pending in states including Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, Michigan and Utah.
The statute makes it a criminal offense to go outside the state to “contract a marriage prohibited under the laws of Wisconsin.”
Wisconsin’s criminal provision is similar to marriage evasion laws in other states dating back 100 years, said Robin Wilson, director of the Family Law and Policy Program at the University of Illinois College of Law.
This type of legislation “dates back to states trying to enforce incest restrictions,” Wilson said. [And we can’t have that, can we!] “States had to have all these different devices to enforce their marriage laws considering we don’t have borders.” [No irony in that statement, is there….]
Read the rest there. It’s bizarre.