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How Wisconsin Legislators Found a Way Around the Marriage Ban


Just because Wisconsin voters opted to get in the dictionary business and declare marriage for one man and one woman doesn’t mean the state’s gays will suffer forever. Within the new state budget is a plan, to go live August 3, for a domestic partnership registry that would grant same-sex couples things like hospital visitation and inheritance rights, as well as shared state retirement benefits. (Sorry, no joint state tax returns.) Of course, this brings whining from folks like the Wisconsin Family Action, which insists the “registry is unconstitutional. It creates a legal status that is substantially similar, we believe to marriage.” Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle didn’t see it that way. And this non-sense goes back and forth. As is always the case in these situations, the real winners are … the attorneys.