Wisconsin’s domestic-partnership registry does not violate the state constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage, a judge ruled Monday.
The decision is being touted as a victory for gay rights, although Dane County circuit judge Daniel Moeser’s ruling cites the fact that domestic partnerships, established in Wisconsin in 2009, convey far fewer rights and responsibilities than marriage.
“The state does not recognize domestic partnership in a way that even remotely resembles how the state recognizes marriage,” Moeser wrote. “Moreover, domestic partners have far fewer legal rights, duties, and liabilities in comparison to the legal rights, duties, and liabilities of spouses.”
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