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Domestic Partner Registry Begins in Wisconsin


Bob Klebba and his partner of 11 years, David Waugh, of Madison, will be among the first to take advantage of Wisconsin's new domestic partner registry, which takes effect Monday, the Capital Times reports:

Wisconsin "While the registry will now afford same-sex couples some 40 legal protections previously extended only to married couples, it falls short in making all couples equal. Despite this fact, three members of Wisconsin Family Action have filed suit. They claim the registry violates the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. 'The registry doesn't even come close to providing equality,' says Emily Dudak Taylor, an attorney with the Law Center for Children & Families in Madison. 'That's why the lawsuit is so laughable.' Klebba says he and Waugh are only applying so he can be included on Waugh's health care policy. 'I realize this sounds a bit crass,' Klebba says. 'But it's the reality of the situation.'"

It's also pathetic that gays and lesbian citizens, who pay taxes like everyone else, are put through this humiliation of inequality every day across America.

Statewide Domestic Partner Registry is Open for Business [capital times]

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  1. " falls short in making all couples equal". It's good to read such a blunt assessment in a mainstream newspaper, after years of watching the mainstream media tiptoe around the question of whether domestic partnerships constitute a double standard. Implicit here is the idea that gay couples might actually *deserve* to be treated equally, and that we all know what equal treatment would entail, even if most people have yet to accept it. That's *some* progress, I guess...

    Posted by: Matt | Aug 3, 2009 2:52:09 PM

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