Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, said on Friday that she's on the “right side of truth.”
Gay couples began marrying in Wisconsin after the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal in a case challenging the state's ban on gay marriage.
Appling played a pivotal role in passage of Wisconsin's ban. Her organization also sued the state after it began offering limited benefits to gay couples in a domestic partnership, saying that it violated the state's 2006 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual unions.
“There's no right or wrong side of history,” Appling told The Cap Times. “History's being made every single day. It's not predetermined. I'm making history now. So are you. What I am concerned about is being on the right side of truth . I work hard to know what that is, and I don't have to guess. It's laid out for me. I don't have to guess. And so, organizationally and personally, we're concerned about staying on that right side of truth – and that is to promote this institution of marriage in a heterosexual format.”
“Our organization was never about the amendment,” she insisted.
“We're about the institution of marriage, and so our message has never changed … We've always talked about marriage as a public good, and as an institution it needs to be strengthened, preserved and promoted. That's our mission statement. What we've done is we've ramped up our educational efforts on marriage.”
She also attacked marriage equality supporters for “running to the courts.”
“Those determined to redefine marriage and circumvent that legislative process that's in place to get their way – because they know they can't get it through the people – to run to the courts, I think is absolutely reprehensible,” she said.
Moral of the story: nobody likes a poor loser.
Gays 1, vicious old church lady 0