Judge upholds Wisconsin domestic partnership law

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June 21, 2011

"A Dane County judge ruled Monday that the state’s Domestic Partner Registry does not violate the state Constitution.

"In a 53-page decision, Circuit Court Judge Daniel Moeser said the registry, which went into effect Aug. 1, 2009, does not violate the Marriage Amendment to the state’s Constitution passed in 2006.

"...Chicago attorney Christopher Clark of Lambda Legal, who represented Fair Wisconsin and the five couples who intervened in the case, said the registry 'creates a very limited set of rights for same-sex couples' that is not 'substantially similar' to marriage between a man and woman. 'This is a far cry from marriage in many significant respects.'"

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