The following is the statement of WisDems Chairman Mike Tate on the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling today: 

"Once again, love wins in Wisconsin. 

"For too long, hateful sentiment against our gay brothers and lesbian sisters across the state has been codified in our state's Constitution. The 40-page decision written by a Republican-appointed member of the court, released today, reaffirms the right of every Wisconsin citizen to be recognized as full and equal citizens under the law and to marry the person they love.    

"Scott Walker and J.B. Van Hollen have been on the wrong side of this issue, not even the court could find a valid or important interest of the state to continue discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.

"The time is now for Walker and Van Hollen to respect the rule of law and abandon any attempt to prevent Wisconsinites from marrying the person they love."