Wisconsin Supreme Court Votes 7-0 to Uphold Ban on Gay Marriage
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled on same-sex marriage, the AP reports:
"In a 7-0 ruling, the court on Wednesday ruled that the 2006 constitutional amendment was properly put to voters in a statewide referendum. The court rejected a lawsuit that claimed the amendment violated a rule that limits referendum questions to a single subject. The lawsuit, filed by a voter opposed to the amendment, argued that gay marriage and civil unions were two different subjects. Justice Michael Gableman says both sentences 'carry out the same general purpose of preserving the legal status of marriage in Wisconsin as between only one man and one woman.'
In May 2009, the WaPo wrote that a ruling striking down the amendment would not legalize same-sex marriage but would "pave the way for lawmakers to eventually allow it, or for advocates to file lawsuits seeking that right." Unfortunately that didn't happen today.
Wisconsin has a domestic partner registry which went into effect in August of 2009. In November 2009, the Wisconsin Supreme Court refused to hear a case challenging domestic partnership benefits in the state.