Madison city officials will now be able to formally protest the gay marriage amendment.
At the Common Council meeting tonight council members voted 14 to 4 to allow city officials taking the oath of office the option of signing a statement saying they took the oath under protest to the marriage amendment.
There was quite a bit of debate among alders, some said they take this issue very personally.
This supplemental statement would be optional and would not modify the oath of office those in favor of adopting the measure say Madison citizens overwhelmingly rejected this amendment in November.
Several alders went on to say the amendment writes discrimination into the constitution. Those alders against the proposed protest statement say it's already our right to disagree with parts of the constitution and adopting this sets a dangerous precedent.
Madison Alder Jed Sanborn says, "By doing this, it's saying my personal feelings are as important as what the constitution says. But that isn't our system of government and that's why I'm uncomfortable with this”
Alder Zach Brandon says, "It's about discrimination, you have a responsibility as an elected official to take the oath, yes, but to make sure that you stand and say I'm not going to let it happen, not under my watch."
Again the measure did pass, 14-to 4 so those taking the oath in April will have this option.