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Judge Rules Wisconsin Domestic Partnerships Constitutional, Don't 'Remotely Resemble' Rights of Marriage

In a major victory for gay rights groups in Wisconsin, a judge ruled yesterday that the state's Domestic Partner laws are constitutional and don't violate the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Wisconsin Why? Because the rights afforded in them are pathetic compared to those offered to legally married heterosexual couples.

Wrote Dane County Circuit Judge Daniel Moeser:

“The state does not recognize domestic partnership in a way that even remotely resembles how the state recognizes marriage...Moreover, domestic partners’ have far fewer legal rights, duties, and liabilities in comparison to the legal rights, duties, and liabilities of spouses.”

Wisconsin Family Action, the group pushing to remove the Domestic Partnership law, says they'll appeal all the way to the Supreme Court.

Approximately 1,700 couples are signed up as Domestic Partners in the state, according to Fair Wisconsin.

Last month, Governor Scott Walker filed a motion asking a judge to allow the state to withdraw from defending the state's domestic partner law because he believes it violates the constitution which says marriage is between a man and a woman.

The AP notes: "The judge already had heard arguments in the case by the time Walker submitted his request."

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  1. "Moreover, domestic partners’ have far fewer legal rights, duties, and liabilities in comparison to the legal rights, duties, and liabilities of spouses.”

    Yes. We've been saying that FOR YEARS! Nice to have a Judge go on record saying that.

    Posted by: Brian | Jun 21, 2011 9:26:10 AM

  2. So an old-fashioned failure with modern wording on why it's counter-intuitive. Though perhaps it will expedite a follow-up, decision. Equal protection under the law is the basis for so many rulings.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 21, 2011 9:37:00 AM

  3. I don't see how the governor can justify not defending domestic partnerships with what their constitution says about marriage. Domestic partnerships and marriages are two separate things, and, as the judge pointed out, the partnerships don't remotely resemble marriage. Bigot much?

    Posted by: Matthew | Jun 21, 2011 9:53:23 AM

  4. Gov Walker wants to withdraw from defending a State LAW! Pres Obama wants to withdraw from defending a Federal LAW! So of those two nearly identical scenarios, The GOP is only apocalyptic about one.

    Posted by: Chadd | Jun 21, 2011 10:15:27 AM

  5. This is INSANE!

    "Katie Belanger, director of the state’s largest gay rights group Fair Wisconsin, heralded the ruling, calling it a “great day for Wisconsin.”"

    Institutionalized discrimination a "great day"?!?!??! What does a bad day look like there?

    Posted by: Paul | Jun 21, 2011 1:25:49 PM

  6. Sorry, but Wisconsin supreme court is controlled by rightwingers and is sure to go along with anything Walker says. This ruling is meaningless.

    Posted by: MacroT | Jun 21, 2011 2:26:59 PM

  7. Come on Wisconsin. Catch UP! My 'GAY' marriage hasn't caused crisis in Iowa.

    Posted by: Douglas | Jun 21, 2011 7:06:51 PM

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