To: Governor Scott Walker
Stop Scott Walker's attack on same-sex couples' rights.
All loving, committed couples deserve basic rights and protections.
I stand with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents of Wisconsin and urge you to not to take away hospital visitation and other basic domestic partnership rights from same-sex couples.
Why is this important?
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is trying to undo a law that gives same-sex couples a few basic protections like visiting each other in the hospital, taking leave to care for a sick partner, and making end-of-life decisions.
This isn't Walker's first anti-gay move. Before he was governor, he vetoed a county resolution to give benefits to county employees' same-sex partners, and he voted for a 2006 ban on same-sex marriage or substantially similar arrangements.
Walker claims to oppose the new law on constitutional grounds, saying it violates the 2006 ban. But make no mistake: this isn't a principled stand like President Obama's decision not to defend DOMA – it's a political move by a man who's been undermining equality for years, including on the campaign trail. The new law doesn't violate the ban because it's not remotely similar to marriage; it doesn't even extend basic protections like joint tax filing or adoption.
Walker needs to know the whole country is paying attention. Tell Governor Walker: Stop attacking same-sex couples!