February 12, 2016

Supreme Court rejects registry challenge

The State Supreme Court has declined to hear a constitutional challenge to a law creating a domestic partner registry for gay couples.

The high court denied a petition for original action from Wisconsin Family Action, which claims the registry violates a state Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage or any similar status.

Lester Pines, the attorney representing the state in the case, says it’s not the end of the road for the challenge. He says the lawsuit will just have to start at the Circuit Court level instead.

In a statement, Wisconsin Family Action says it plans to take its challenge to the Circuit Court.

Pines says that’s not a surprise, since “these people” are relentless in trying to deny gay people any protections.

Pines was named to represent the state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said he could not defend the registry, because he believes it does violate the marriage amendment.

If the case is brought to the Circuit Court, Pines says he wants to continue defending the registry.

The court did not indicate a reason for denying the petition.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (MP3 1:11)

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