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Received this e-mail from gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke's (D. WI) campaign today regarding marriage equality in the Badger State:
I need your help.

I love Wisconsin and want to see it thrive, but backwards policies like the same sex marriage ban are hurting our friends, neighbors and families and harming our economy.

Giving full marriage rights to committed, same-sex couples is the fair and right thing to do. Yet, even after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the federal recognition of same-sex marriages, several states including Wisconsin still uphold a same-sex marriage ban.

That just isn’t right. Everyone should have the freedom to marry whomever they choose. Will you stand with me in support of marriage equality?

Click here to stand with me and the Democratic Governors Association if you agree that everyone should have the freedom to marry whomever they choose.

Restricting same sex marriage doesn’t just hurt our fellow Wisconsinites it hurts our economy too. If we want to attract and retain the best talent in this state, discriminating against people because of who they love is wrong and harmful to our economic growth.

Wisconsin businesses compete everyday with folks in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Every barrier that the state throws up that might dissuade talented people from coming to Wisconsin makes it harder to do business in our state.

Wisconsin’s ban on marriage equality is wrong and harmful. If truly we want to be open for business, why would our government place unnecessary barriers to success?

Add your voice today to stand with the Democratic Governors Association and myself in support of marriage equality.

Thanks for making a difference in the lives of all of our friends and families by fighting for real Wisconsin values.

Your continued support means a lot to me.



Click here to add your name:

P.S. Even Rasmussmen now shows that Burke is tied with Scott Walker (R. WI):

Gov. Scott Walker talks about the release of the first television ad run against him by Democratic challenger Mary Burke on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Madison, Wis. The ad, released by Burke’s campaign online Wednesday, comes eight months before the November election and signals that the race is heating up. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)
The poll found Walker tied with Democrat Mary Burke with each candidate getting 45 percent of support of those surveyed. Five percent said they preferred some other candidate in the race and the last five percent said they were not sure who they supported.

A Marquette University Law School poll in 2013 found Burke narrowly trailing Walker. That poll found Walker with 47.1 percent support while Burke had 44.9 percent support.

The poll's findings comes roughly a month after a massive document dump of emails from Walker's days as Milwaukee County executive. That file release came out as part of an ongoing investigation into whether Walker and staff improperly engaged in campaign activity on government time. Burke's campaign has been somewhat mum on the investigation but she didn't exactly say it should be ignored by voters.

"Absolutely, I think voters have a right to know who they're voting for and whether there are any legal issues surrounding candidates," Burke said at a press conference in February about the investigation. - TPM, 3/12/14

The Rasmussen poll was conducted statewide among 500 likely voters from March 10 to March 11. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.  If you'd like to get involved or donate to Burke's campaign, you can do so here:
Former Wisconsin commerce secretary and Trek Bicycle executive Mary Burke is seen in an undated photo provided by Burke. Burke, a Democrat, announced Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 that she has officially entered the race for governor. Republican Gov. Scott Walker is seeking re-election in 2014 after winning the governor's office in 2010 and surviving a recall last year.  (AP Photo/courtesy of Mary Burke)

Originally posted to pdc on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 02:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by LGBT Rights are Human Rights, Kossacks for Marriage Equality, LGBT Kos Community, Milk Men And Women, Badger State Progressive, and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Alot has changed since 2006!! (4+ / 0-)

    Mary B has the numbers on her side with this issue, IF this was on the ballot in 2014, It would pass, Narrowly, But it would. MARY B just needs to run a CLEAN, TRUTHFUL on the issues Campaign. It's not complicated

  •  hope your calling Burke WI-GOV is (5+ / 0-)

    a good omen. i am rather superstitious.
    and even if it isnt a good omen it should be.
    something good needs to come into the WI governors office.

  •  Marriage equality is about to happen nationwide (3+ / 0-)
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    elwior, bearsguy, isewquilts2

    within a couple of years. It's the fastest progress on a civil rights issue I have seen in my nearly half a century on the planet.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 02:57:28 PM PDT

  •  Come on Mary... (4+ / 0-)
    Giving full marriage rights to committed, same-sex couples is the fair and right thing to do.
    -better framing:
    Ending discrimination against same-sex couples is the fair and right thing to do.
    (The government is not giving me something; there is no extra right - the government is stopping institutionalized discrimination.)
    Everyone should have the freedom to marry whomever they choose.
    -better framing:
    Adult, consenting couples must have equal access to civil marriage under the law or the phrase "with Liberty and Justice for All" is rendered hollow.
    (Important to get adult and consenting in the mix.)

    Lobbyist, PAC, SuperPAC - a bribe by any name is still corruption

    by GreatLakeSailor on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 03:15:50 PM PDT

    •  Yes. Burke's statements should (0+ / 0-)

      communicate a sense of repairing injustice...
      fixing something broken.

      ♥ Repeal the Capital Gains, Carried Interest & Dividends Entitlements bequeathed to 'more special' taxpayers.

      by in on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:24:38 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Shes tied with Walker, which is good. (3+ / 0-)
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    elwior, ptanow, bearsguy

    Now she can actually pull agea of him, and creep towards 50% then confidence would grow, that yes we can turn the bastard out.

  •  This is good. (0+ / 0-)

    I hope it gets put into a campaign video. I've been hoping to see a populist issue put up front, and I hope she comes out for a minimum wage, too.

    "All war is stupid" - JFK

    by jorogo on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:42:44 PM PDT

  •  She needs to be more assertive (2+ / 0-)

    Burke is not being as assertive as I would like.  Note that I did not say "aggressive"; Walkers aggressiveness and political chicanery has turned off a lot of people in WI, and Burke needs to take advantage of that.  Hit Walkers weak spots, of which there are many, and do NOT let him define you, as he (and the GOP money machine) have done well in the past.  I have hope that if her message gets out, she will be able to unseat Snotty....

    Wisconsin: It's war, you know. We didn't start it, but we'll keep fighting in it until we win

    by isewquilts2 on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 07:52:16 PM PDT

    •  'Walkers chicanery has turned off..' (0+ / 0-)

      hope so. PC criminality in poltics is a centuries-old tradition in southeastern states, but maybe enough WI voters are revolted by Walker torrents of tearrhea.

      ♥ Repeal the Capital Gains, Carried Interest & Dividends Entitlements bequeathed to 'more special' taxpayers.

      by in on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:33:26 AM PDT

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  •  I would strongly support an Independent Candidate (0+ / 0-)

    for Wisconsin Governor.  Here's why: with polarizing issues like this, the state is obviously fractured.  Same over voting rights, same over collective bargaining rights, same over the Gogebic Taconite mine (which BTW is now economically unviable - 25% drop in iron ore prices over the past two weeks!).  I'd love to see a strong, independent with business pedigree, maybe an education background, somebody from Wisconsin make a run.  It'd be the talk of the state, the talk of the nation. Time to move away from partisan politics in the Governorship.  Let the partisan games happen int he Senate, in the Assembly but introduce a new model of governance at the executive level IMHO.

  •  the problem kiteflyer is that we have never had (0+ / 0-)

    an Independent governor in state history, unlike say Maine of Minnesota who do things a bit differently. and this climate is not one for independent runs, not when the state is split in two and there's very little common ground between the two sides. if you lean towards the left in any way you'll be shunned by the hard right in this state, and while you might get some support from those who think burke is not liberal enough, thats not near enough to win in this order to be a serious threat you'd need to get near to level with the other candidates and given walkers polarizing nature that simply isnt going to happen. an independent candidate imo would take more votes from burke than from walker and all it would do is ensure walkers re-election, and none of us here want that.

  •  Brain drain. It's not just for (from) India (0+ / 0-)

    Burke: If we want to attract and retain the best talent in this state, discriminating against people because of who they love is wrong and harmful to our economic growth
    I'm convinced this is true. A solid percentage of smart people with decent ethics want to leave redstates ASAP.
    Whenever a young university graduate has skills that "hot" employers want, one more brain 'drains' (self-deports) from a redstate.

    ♥ Repeal the Capital Gains, Carried Interest & Dividends Entitlements bequeathed to 'more special' taxpayers.

    by in on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:48:44 AM PDT

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