A same-sex couple in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin is appealing directly to the state Supreme Court to end marriage discrimination in the Badger State. The couple, Katherine Halopka-Ivery and Linda Halopka-Ivery, married legally in California. Their lawsuit bypasses both the trial and appellate courts.
The Associated Press reports:
The lawsuit says the couple lives in Milwaukee County and married in San Diego. They allege Wisconsin's gay marriage ban denies them federal rights afforded to opposite-sex married couples, violating their rights to equal protection and due process. They also argue the state is improperly restricting gay marriage based on religious opposition to same-sex marriages.
This is Wisconsin's second marriage equality-related lawsuit. The first, Wolf v. Walker, is a federal suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in February. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb will hear oral arguments in that case on August 25.
A copy of the petition is after the jump, via Equality Case Files.