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Wis. Supreme Court declines domestic partnership law appeal


The Wisconsin Supreme Court has declined to take up a case challenging Wisconsin's domestic partnership law.

The law created Wisconsin's Domestic Partnership Registry. Dane County Circuit Judge Daniel Moeser ruled last year that the law does not violate the Marriage Amendment to the state Constitution, which was enacted in 2006.

In July, the 4th District Court of Appeals asked the Supreme Court to determine whether the legislation violated the amendment by creating a legal status similar to marriage for unmarried people.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the court's order Monday does not say why it refused to take the case. Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley dissented from the decision.

The Legislature established the registry in 2009. Members of Wisconsin Family Action challenged it in court.

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