Wisconsin’s domestic partnership registry upheld

by Beverly A. Pekala on July 12, 2011

A Wisconsin judge has ruled that a 2009 law establishing a domestic partnership registry does not violate the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage approved by voters in 2006. The basis of the court’s ruling was that Wisconsin does not recognize domestic partnerships in a manner which resembles how the state recognizes marriage, and that partners have far fewer rights and duties as compared to those of spouses.

 The ruling was hailed as a major victory for Wisconsin ‘s gay rights advocates.  Wisconsin Family Action, the group which brought the lawsuit, says it will appeal the case to the Wisconsin Supreme Court if necessary.

 In 2010 the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions. The ban had been approved by 59% of voters. However, the Supreme Court’s ruling did not affect the registry.

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