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Gay marriage law in Wisconsin unlikely, say experts






Gay marriage supporters Barb Wood (R) and Margaret O'Connell (C), comfort Tim Diehl as they wait for election results at the No on 1/Protect Maine Equality election night rally in Portland, Maine November 4, 2009. The group is working to prevent the repeal of Maine's gay marriage law, which was adopted last spring by Maine's legislature. REUTERS/Joel Page
Gay marriage supporters Barb Wood (R) and Margaret O'Connell (C), comfort Tim Diehl as they wait for election results at the No on 1/Protect Maine Equality election night rally in Portland, Maine November 4, 2009. The group is working to prevent the repeal of Maine's gay marriage law, which was adopted last spring by Maine's legislature. REUTERS/Joel Page

MADISON, Wis. (WSAU-Wheeler) - Experts say it’s not likely that Wisconsin will follow the lead of its next-door neighbor any time soon and allow same-sex marriage.

Minnesota became the 12th state to do that last week. Political experts say there simply isn’t any strong sentiment for this state to take a step like that. Wisconsin’s constitution bans same-sex unions. Nearly 60 percent of Badger State voters supported an amendment banning gay marriage seven years ago.

Voters would have to pass an amendment undoing that 2006 vote.Before that could happen, the Legislature would have to pass the amendment in two consecutive sessions. Since the Republican Party has complete control of state government, those actions are not very likely in the near future.

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