Lawsuit Filed Challenging Domestic Partner Registry in Wisconsin

Less than two months after the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted unanimously to uphold the state's ban on same-sex marriage, a conservative group has filed suit challenging the state's domestic partner registry, saying it violates that ban.

Wisconsin The AP reports:

"The lawsuit filed in Dane County Circuit Court by members of Wisconsin Family Action contends the registry creates a legal status substantially similar to that of marriage.
Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, proposed the registry as a means of granting same-sex couples more legal rights, such as the right to visit each other in hospitals, make end-of-life decisions and inherit each other’s property. The Democratic-controlled Legislature approved the registry and it went into effect in August 2009. By the end of the year 1,329 couples had signed up.
The same-sex marriage ban, actively pushed by the same group bringing the lawsuit against the registry, was added to the constitution by voters in 2006."

Fair Wisconsin executive director Katie Belanger says that while 200 benefits are guaranteed to heterosexual couples through marriage, same-sex couples only get 43 of those benefits through domestic partner registry:

"These are the most basic, critical things that couples need to have to take care of one another."


  1. says

    Great. Just another example of how that “all the protections, just not the word marriage” line is total, epic bullshit.

  2. Sam says

    Julianne Appling can drop dead for all I care. The courts will see through their little complaint and uphold the domestic partnership registry. I have already donated to Fair Wisconsin who is helping the defense of the registry. Here is the link if anyone else wants to donate too.

  3. Chris says

    What a bunch of Christo-fascist bigots. Their only goal is to destroy the lives and families of GLBT people with impunity. There is NOTHING in their goals to protect families except those who look like them, talk like them, believe like them.

    They can go F*&$ themselves with that cross they carry.

    Time to start making ballot measures for banning divorces and annulling all marriages where breeders arent’ squeezing out puppies. After all, marriage is for procreation, right? No breeding, no marriage rights PERIOD.

    F&^$ ’em all

  4. Derek Pearce says

    Are they secretly for SSM? What a bunch of ass-hats. All their case will do is confirm in a court of law that domestic partnerships are subpar to actual marriage, and help the cause of marriage equality in the end.

  5. SammySeattle says

    Let’s ask Maggie Gallagher what she thinks. She of the “It’s not discrimination to treat different things differently”. Here we have a case of being treated not differently enough.

  6. esurience says

    Any chance the result of this could be to throw out the whole Wisconsin amendment because it is “unconstitutionally vague” ? :)

  7. Joe says

    My goodness these people are HATEFUL. This group probably wants the term “homosexual” outlawed.

    Why do they care so much about how other people live if it doesn’t (in a real and not imagined) way hurt them. Why would anyone ever try to DENY others rights.

  8. Tom in Long Beach says

    Ah Yes: “Good Christians rarely are.”
    When we are promiscuous they hate us.
    When we try to marry they maintain that they own that word and concept, and hate us more.
    When we try to have a bare minimum of protection they want to take that away too. Look at Hawaii and the recent civil unions veto. Back in 2008 my dear husband was sure the “hatefuls” would win Prop 8 and he was right. Hopefully the judges of the 9th court will do their job and not throw us under the bus. Good news was in Washington State were “everything but marriage” domestic partnerships were not voted down. They will take away as much as they can in every state. What they truly deserve is a national movement to tax any church that gets involved in politics. Make them pay income tax like any other business.