Wisconsin lawmakers are looking to redefine marriage
in the state.
A group introduced a bill to open marriage to same-sex
News eight's Kyle Dimke is here with more.
The Wisconsin Marriage Equality Act would repeal the
same-sex marriage ban added to the state Constitution
It would give same-sex couples access to the same
rights as married heterosexual couples.
Will Van Roosenbeek from UW-La Crosse .
believes everyone deserves the right to get married.
I can tell you as someone who was able to get married
that being able to share publicly with family and
friends really meant a lot more than I thought it
was going to mean.
And Democratic Senator Jennifer Shilling thinks that
Marriage Equality .
is something Wisconsin needs to move towards.
I think in 2014 attitudes have changed on that, many
other states are moving in a direction for marriage
equality in their states
Shilling says if you look at a map .
Wisconsin stand alone.
as you look at the upper midwest Wisconsin will be
kind of an island with some of our neighboring states
moved forward with that.
With 3 out of the 4 border states supporting same-sex
Shilling worries about couples moving away from Wisconsin.
I have heard stories of loving commiting couples who
have decided to marry and move to MN because their
recognition of their relationship.
But not all lawmakers agree with the new bill.
59 percent of Wisconsintes approved defining marriage
as between a man and woman in 2006.
However the latest Marquette Law poll shows 53 percent
are in favor of same-sex marriage.
Since this would be a change to the state constitution
the bill will need to come before the legislature
in this session and the next session which is 20-15.
After that it would be a vote by the people of Wisconsin
in a state-wide referendum.
And although every democratic senator signed as co-authors
of the bill.
The speaker of the house, who is a Republican doesn't
expect the bill to get a hearing in the assembly.