DAILY WISCONSIN

Liberty

Walker Concedes

Asked if the U.S. Constitution should be amended to ban same-sex marriage, Walker downplayed the notion, saying, “I think it’s resolved.” “For us, it’s over in Wisconsin,” Walker said of the fight over gay marriage. “Others will have to talk about the federal level.” Via Gov. Scott Walker on gay marriage ban: “It’s over in…

Marriage equality arrives for Wisconsin

And then it just happened. After years of struggle and controversy, constitutional amendments, and untold dollars spent on litigation it all just came down to an action–or more precisely a lack of action–from the Supreme Court.  Today in what I think is simply breath-taking the high court decided it would not hear any of the…

More than one way to decide a question

I have thought ever since Windsor that any careful analysis of the Supreme Court precedent would lead any federal circuit to strike down the same-sex marriage bans. The uniformity we tend to think of as coming from the Supreme Court can come from unanimity among the circuits (after the nudge in Windsor). Via I was…

Terms Undisclosed

In a news release on Wisconsin Carry’s web site, Clark thanked “our dues paying members for their support which allows us to utilize civil litigation as one of our ‘all of the above’ methods which we embrace along with grass-roots legislative activism, public relations, and education, to restore, preserve, and advance the right of law-abiding…

Tyranny’s one way

“Hong Kong is China’s Hong Kong,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying defiantly told a news briefing in Beijing. The unrest, the worst in Hong Kong since China resumed its rule over the former British colony in 1997, sent white clouds of gas wafting among some of the world’s most valuable office towers and shopping malls…

Fired for his own gun in his own car

His lawsuit says his termination violates a section of Wisconsin’s 2011 concealed carry law, known as Act 35. Section 175.60(15m)(b) –  An employer may not prohibit a licensee or an out-of-state licensee, as a condition of employment, from carrying a concealed weapon, a particular type of concealed weapon, or ammunition or from storing a weapon,…

Perhaps Wisconsin

It is only natural for those of us who have engaged in the fight so Wisconsin would allow for all loving couples to be treated fairly not to then feel a twinge of hope that it might be our state that produces the right case for the Supreme Court to make a final decision for…

Looking back, decades later

It is hard to believe that three civil rights workers — Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner — were killed five decades ago. In Mississippi to help register black voters as part of Freedom Summer, they were stopped outside Philadelphia and killed by the Ku Klux Klan. Their bodies were later found covered with…

Getting Hobby Lobby Wrong

In a stunningly misogynistic and regressive decision, five male justices of the Supreme Court of the United States have decided that if you are a woman your boss can force you to adhere to his religious beliefs. – Kristen Hansen, Blue in a Red County (emphasis supplied). Now I have no doubt that Ms. Hansen sincerely…

Witness

Gov. Scott Walker may be having a little trouble stating his position on gay marriage these days. Not so his son Alex. Alex Walker, who will be a sophomore this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, recently acted as the state-required witness to a gay marriage in Waukesha County. Records show Shelli Marquardt and Cathy…

How a Bill Doesn’t Become a Law

Recently this column discussed various efforts to toughen state gun laws, including a bill proposed by state Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, to impose a mandatory three-year minimum sentence for felony firearms offenses. Darling announced in August 2013 that she was having the bill drafted. But it was never introduced, despite public expressions of support…

Scalia on Religion

Some there are—many, perhaps—who are offended by public displays of religion. Religion, they believe, is a personal matter; if it must be given external manifestation, that should not occur in public places where others may be offended. I can understand that attitude: It parallels my own toward the playing in public of rock music or…