- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The latest reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Friday to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states (all times are local):

4:40 p.m. CDT

The Diocese of Green Bay’s leader says marriage will always be between a man and woman despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country.

Bishop David L. Ricken issued a statement Friday saying the court’s decision can’t redefine marriage. He says the truth about marriage is and always will be a union between one man and one woman and the family is built around a husband and wife’s partnership.

He also says every child has a basic right to be raised by a mother and a father.


11:34 a.m. CDT

An attorney for a gay Madison couple fighting to get both their names on their child’s birth certificate say the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide bolsters their case.

Chelsea and Jessamy Torres filed a federal discrimination lawsuit in May after the state failed to put both their names on their baby son’s birth certificate after Chelsea gave birth on March 15. Kyle Anthony Palazzo, one of their attorneys, says the ruling includes language that mentions birth certificates are a key aspect of marital status.

He says that demonstrates a recognition of marriage and all the rights that come with it.

A gay Milwaukee couple has filed an identical federal action. Their attorneys didn’t immediately return messages.

A spokeswoman for the state Justice Department didn’t immediately return an email.


11:11 a.m. CDT

Gov. Scott Walker says he wants to assure Wisconsin residents that the government will not coerce them to act against their religious beliefs.

Walker in a statement Friday said he believes the state constitution protects religious rights. The statement came in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage. He didn’t call for introduction of a bill to expand or clarify that.

A religious freedom law in Indiana sparked a nationwide backlash in March, saying it would allow businesses to discriminate against gay customers on religious grounds. Wisconsin Republican legislative leaders said then they were not pursuing such a law, and Walker said he did not anticipate such a bill passing.

His spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.


10:36 a.m. CDT

Gov. Scott Walker says the Supreme Court made a “grave mistake” in legalizing same-sex marriage.

Walker said in a statement Friday that the states should have the right to decide whether to allow same-sex marriage. He also says the Constitution should be amended to include a definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.

The all but certain presidential candidate says the country needs a conservative president to appoint members to the court who will base their decisions on law, not individual politics.

Walker says he will make sure Wisconsinites are not coerced to accept or participate in same-sex marriages. He did not elaborate.


10:00 a.m. CDT

A lesbian U.S. senator says the Supreme Court’s decision is a huge victory for Americans.

Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, issued a statement Friday saying she supports the court’s decision to legalize gay marriage and hopes to take additional steps to create equality for all Americans.

Baldwin says every family’s love will now be honored by law.


9:52 a.m. CDT

The leader of a conservative state organization says she’s disappointed in the court’s decision.

Julaine Appling, president of conservative group Wisconsin Family Action, said the court overstepped its bounds Friday in ruling same-sex marriage as legal. She said the constitution is silent on the issue of marriage and the court should have ruled against the measure.

Appling also says she worries about future religious freedom issues. She says the decision could lead to some people being forced to participate in or accept same-sex marriages.

She says her organization will continue its efforts to educate people about the institution of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.


9:50 a.m. CDT

A Republican legislator from Wisconsin is ripping the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country.

Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt of Fond du Lac issued a statement Friday saying states should be left alone to create their own marriage laws. He says the Supreme Court bowed to pressure to create a right that, according to him, doesn’t exist in the U.S. Constitution.

He says the court has no authority to define marriage for the nation.

Thiesfeldt predicted a large share of Americans will never accept the ruling and it will only deepen the national political divide.


9:37 a.m. CDT

A gay Wisconsin congressman is cheering a U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country.

Mark Pocan, a Madison Democrat, issued a statement Friday saying the high court has reaffirmed what most Americans already know - that all couples have the right to get married no matter who they love.

He called the ruling a historic step toward equality for all Americans. He says there’s still much work to be done to ensure everyone is treated fairly under the law.


9:26 a.m. CDT

Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold says he is pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

The Wisconsin Democrat in a statement Friday celebrated the court’s decision, saying people across the country should have the right to marry anyone they love.

Feingold also said he opposed the Defense of Marriage act 20 years ago and applauds members and allies of the gay community for fighting for the right to marry.

Feingold hopes to return to the Senate next year. He plans to challenge Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.


9:15 a.m. CDT

A gay woman who successfully sued to overturn Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage is praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex couples have a right to marry in all 50 states.

Judi Trampf of Madison and her partner, Katy Heyning, were among a group of eight gay couples who sued to overturn Wisconsin’s ban last year. They married this past January.

Trampf says she’s ecstatic that the high court has recognized same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry. She says she was worried the court might strike down gay marriages and she’s happy she doesn’t have to worry about her marriage any longer.

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