Governor Jim Doyle says the creation of a domestic partnership law through the state budget process was not “sneaky.”
That was the word used by the executive director of Wisconsin Family Action to describe the partnerships for unmarried couples. Julaine Appling filed a lawsuit seeking immediate action by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn the law, citing a 2006 voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages. Speaking in Hudson Friday, Governor Doyle was confident the law will be upheld, and that domestic partnerships are not the same as marriages. And Doyle indicated that he thinks Appling and the others filing the lawsuits have themselves been deceptive in their public comments
Doyle and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty met at Hudson for a St. Croix River cruise highlighting environmental protection efforts made by the two states since the signing of a cooperation agreement back in January.