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Saturday, June 10, 2006

 1:16 PM 

Fair Wisconsin Manager Urges Defeat of 'Evil' Amendment

Fair Wisconsin manager Mike Tate urged the state to make history in November by becoming the first to reject such an “evil” amendment as the one that would ban gay marriage and Vermont-style civil unions that’s on the ballot this fall.

Tate praised Democrats for being the only major state party in the country to take an official stance against an anti-gay marriage amendment.

He spoke passionately about lifelong gay couples who would be stripped of their rights to funeral and hospital visitation should the amendment pass.

“When the person you chose to spend your live with dies, the last thing you should worry about is whether you have the legal documents to visit them in the hospital,” Tate said.

”That is not how we treat people in Wisconsin”

Tate said Fair Wisconsin is a non-partisan organization, and joked that
the Republican Party must have forgot to invite him to their convention. The GOP has spearheaded the move to get the anti-gay marriage amendment on the November ballot, in what some call an effort to boost Republican base turnout.

Tate also spoke to the state Libertarian Party convention.

Introducing Tate was state party Chair Joe Wineke, who said under Tate’s leadership, Fair Wisconsin has amassed more than 7,000 volunteers and now has campaign coordinators in each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.


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