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Wisconsin's gay community has big Election Night


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Opponents did not make sexual orientation much of an issue in the Wisconsin congressional elections.

But now that Capitol Hill has two openly gay Democrats from the state, the Wisconsin Family Action group warns that both Congressman-elect Mark Pocan and Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin will advance a “narrow, liberal agenda.”

Juliane Appling of Family Action says her group will work to defeat both Baldwin and Pocan in their next elections and stop them from, “destroying” the country.

Katie Belanger of Fair Wisconsin says her group is pleased with the elections of both Baldwin and Pocan – and with voters in Maine and Maryland who voted to approve gay marriage, a first for the nation.

In 2006, almost 6 of every 10 Wisconsin voters approved a constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions. But both have since been getting more support.

The latest Marquette Law School poll said 44 percent of likely voters approve of gay marriage, and 29 percent favor civil unions – and only 22 percent believe gay partners should not get legal recognition.

Democrats created the state’s domestic partner registry a few years ago, which gives same-sex couples about one-fifth of the legal benefits of married couples. The Family Action group continues to challenge it in a state appeals court. And state Assembly Republican Joel Kleefisch of Oconomowoc says that as long as GOP remains in charge at the State Capitol, the state’s ban on gay marriage will not go away any time soon.