Wis. Supreme Court to hear domestic partner case

Court will hear challenge to the state's domestic partner registry

Published On: Jun 14 2013 06:00:09 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has decided to hear a challenge to the state's domestic partner registry.

The registry grants same-sex couples a host of legal rights. Members of the conservative group Wisconsin Family Action filed a lawsuit in 2010 alleging the registry violates a 2006 state constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage or anything substantially similar.

The fourth District Court of Appeals upheld the registry in December, listing a number of rights married couples enjoy that same-sex couples don't, even if they join the registry.

The Supreme Court's spokesman issued a statement Friday saying the court would take the case. The statement did not include any explanation why. 

It is unclear when the court might hear arguments or render a decision.