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Wisconsin Legislative Council Says State’s Domestic Partnership Plan Legal

May 15, 2009

Let us not forget that if there was marriage for all in Wisconsin this type of legislation would not be required.

An analysis prepared for lawmakers says Gov. Jim Doyle’s plan to give same-sex couples some legal protections likely does not violate the state ban on gay marriage.

A memo by the Legislative Council says that “comprehensive, core aspects of the legal status of marriage in Wisconsin” would not be given to domestic partners under the governor’s plan.

 Therefore, the memo says judges could reasonably conclude it does not violate the 2006 constitutional amendment that prohibits same-sex relationships that are “substantially similar” to marriage.

 On the other hand, the memo said “it cannot be concluded with certainty” judges would draw that conclusion.

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