There’s a push for the state Supreme Court to intervene in the state’s domestic partner registry battle. Lambda Legal, along with FAIR Wisconsin, filed papers today asking the high court to toss out a lawsuit filed in July by the Wisconsin Family Council.
The Council says the registry is a violation of a 2006 state constitutional amendment, established by voter referendum, which bans same sex marriage.
Christopher Clark, Senior Staff Attorney with Lambda Legal, says the claim the registry closely resembles marriage is “not credible.”
The civil rights law firm notes the registry provides 43 legal protections to domestic partners compared to over 200 protections enjoyed by married couples.
FAIR Wisconsin Executive Director Katie Bellanger says the current law needs to be preserved, in part, to allow domestic partners to care for each other in a hospital setting.
“This isn’t about being gay or straight this is about allowing caring and committed same sex couples to care for each other, “says Bellanger.