A family rights group has gone to court, in an attempt to repeal Wisconsin’s Domestic Partner Registry. “The same-sex only, statewide domestic partnership registry mimics marriage,” claims Julaine Appling, Executive Director of Wisconsin Family Action. “The requirements to enter into the registry are essentially the same as what it is to enter into the legal status of marriage here in Wisconsin.”
Appling claims it violates provisions of a constitutional amendment approved by voters in November of 2006. “Our amendment clearly says that a relationship or a legal status . . . substantially similar to marriage is not legal in this state. The governor and his liberal legislative cohorts created a legal status that is substantially similar to that of marriage. This particular registry basically mimics marriage.” The suit was filed Wednesday in Dane County Court.
In November of 2009, the Wisconsin Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to the registry. The Court also rejected a request from board members of Wisconsin Family Action that the registry be declared unconstitutional and put indefinitely on hold.