Right-wingers file lawsuit against Wisconsin’s domestic partner registry law

Occasionally, we’ll hear opponents of same-sex marriage claim that they’re only worried about marriage. They really want same-sex couples to have some rights, just not marriage. Well, that’s a lie. And, right-wing group in Wisconsin is proving it. Wisconsin Family Action has been supported in its legal efforts by the pro-Prop. 8 Alliance Defense Fund. It’s the WFA that doesn’t want couples to have any benefits:

A social conservative group filed a lawsuit today challenging Wisconsin’s domestic partner registry, arguing it is a violation of the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

The lawsuit filed in Dane County Circuit Court by members of Wisconsin Family Action contends the registry creates a legal status substantially similar to that of marriage.

Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, proposed the registry as a means of granting same-sex couples more legal rights, such as the right to visit each other in hospitals, make end-of-life decisions and inherit each other’s property. The Democratic-controlled Legislature approved the registry and it went into effect in August 2009. By the end of the year 1,329 couples had signed up.

The same-sex marriage ban, actively pushed by the same group bringing the lawsuit against the registry, was added to the constitution by voters in 2006.

Another right-wing lie exposed. I doubt we’ll see any right-wing group telling Wisconsin Family Action to back off because gay couples deserve rights.


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