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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.

On:           Jul 9, 2009
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    • TomATL

      These haters really ought to get together with the “we’re fine with civil unions but don’t you dare use the word marriage” crowd. If we’re lucky, all their heads would explode.

      Jul 9, 2009 at 11:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • REBELComx

      @TomATL: I’m pretty sure they are actually the same people in the first place. These people aren’t just opponents of gay marriage, but all of our rights.

      Jul 9, 2009 at 1:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace

      Hello Wisconsin:

      Marriage is a civil matter not a religious one. And licenses are issued at town and city halls.

      In America, we have freedom of religion, and freedom from religion.

      And kudos to civil marriage.

      Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace,
      Washington, Connecticut

      To the marriage foes, and sexually phobic in Wisconsin, find something else to do with your time, because life’s too short. Find love.

      Jul 9, 2009 at 3:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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