Judge rules Wisconsin same sex registry is constitutional

MADISON, Wisc Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:21pm EDT

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MADISON, Wisc (Reuters) - A judge ruled on Monday that Wisconsin's same sex partnerships registry is not the same as marriage so it does not violate Wisconsin's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Dane County judge Dan Moeser said the registry does not create a legal status for domestic partners that is the same as or similar to that of marriage between a man and a woman.

"The state does not recognize domestic partnership in a way that even remotely resembles how the state recognizes marriage," he wrote.

The registry was created in 2009 under Democratic Governor Jim Doyle. New Republican Governor Scott Walker said the state would no longer defend the registry in court.

Wisconsin Family Action, which filed the court challenge against the registry, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Wisconsin ACLU hailed the decision.

"It (the registry) is a lifeline for committed couples who seek the security and dignity of being able to provide for their families," said ACLU official John Knight.

(Editing by Greg McCune)

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wrpa wrote:
NEXT: Have the bigoted state constitutional amendment declared in violation of the equal protection clause of the US Constitution!

Jun 20, 2011 9:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JulietR wrote:
You know, I’ve heard conservatives say for years that they “gays can have states recognize their committed partnerships, just don’t call it marriage.” That’s basically the basis for civil unions, that it uses a separate word than marriage, but is otherwise equal.

Wisconsin Family Action’s challenge to the law forcefully demonstrates what a load of garbage that argument is — its a front for the real argument, that they just hate gays and consciously want to marginalize gay couples as much as possible.

Jun 20, 2011 9:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
EQReynolds wrote:
Christian antipathy to lesbians and gays is something for which a great many Hail Mary’s will need to be said in the future. When the enemy is love and the objective is discrimination, oppression, and rejection, one must wonder about the pathology behind such thinking.

Regardless of one’s beliefs, one must question a “god’s law” that must be enforced by men. If an omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent being wanted something whatever would he or she need humans for?

And put the “test of our soul’s” rhetoric in the garbage where it belongs. Considering Jesus’ message, perhaps the test is on the OTHER foot, of clergy being able to truly discriminate between false laws and laws that uphold the teachings of compassion, civility, and brotherhood.

If god didn’t like gays and lesbians, he wouldn’t have made them. To persecute them and treat them as second-class citizens betrays everything America is supposed to represent.

Jun 21, 2011 2:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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