Wisconsin's Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that domestic partner registry does not violate the state's ban on same-sex marriage, the AP reports:
Democratic lawmakers enacted the registry that provides limited benefits to same-sex couples in 2009, three years after Wisconsin voters approved a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
In the five years since, Wisconsin and the nation have seen "a monumental shift in marriage equality," said Katie Belanger, president and CEO of Fair Wisconsin, the state's largest gay rights organization.
In June, a federal judge declared Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. That case will be heard before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on August 26.