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State Supreme Court upholds Act 10, voter ID, domestic partnership registry

Major rulings released Thursday

State Supreme Court upholds Act 10, voter ID, domestic partnership registry

MADISON, Wis. - The State Supreme Court upheld a state voter ID law, Act 10, and the state's domestic partnership registry Thursday.

In a decision written by Justice Michael Gableman, he ruled that Act 10, the law that prohibits most collective bargaining between the government and public employees, does not violate the state constitution.

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Despite the 4-3 ruling on voter ID, the law remains blocked in federal court.

Four lawsuits have been filed over the law passed in 2011. The 4-3 Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling addressed two that were filed by the League of Women Voters and the Milwaukee branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

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Justices considered whether that domestic partnership registry violates a constitutional amendment passed in 2006 prohibiting "substantially similar" institutions to marriage. Two lower courts said it does not. The justices upheld the constitutionality of the registry with a unanimous decision.

This case spans back to August 2009, when same-sex partners in Wisconsin could join a registry allowing them limited legal benefits as domestic partners. Months later, the conservative group Wisconsin Family Action filed suit saying that violated the amendment prohibiting "substantially similar" institutions to marriage.

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