Court upholds Wisconsin domestic partner registry

Court says registry does not violate marriage amendment

Published On: Dec 21 2012 08:59:10 AM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

A state appeals court has ruled Wisconsin's domestic partner registry is constitutional.

The 4th District Court of Appeals said in an opinion released Friday that the domestic partnership law does not violate the marriage amendment.

Democratic lawmakers created the registry in 2009. It grants same-sex couples a host of legal rights, including the right to visit each other in hospitals and make end-of-life decisions for one another.

Members of the Conservative Group Wisconsin Family Action filed a lawsuit two years ago alleging the registry violates the Wisconsin Constitution's ban on gay marriage. A Madison judge ruled last year the registry was legal.