Feingold is courted to push bill to overturn federal marriage ban

The Washington Blade
July 31, 2009
Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Constitution Subcommittee, is considered a prime candidate to sponsor the Senate version of a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Feingold, whose panel has jurisdiction over DOMA, was one of 14 senators not to vote in favor of the law in 1996. [Link]

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Wisconsin same-sex couples begin registering as domestic partners

The Star Tribune - Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 3, 2009
Protections put in place for gay couples through legislation contained in the Wisconsin state budget, signed by Democratic Governor Jim Doyle on June 29, took effect Monday. Provisions in the spending plan grant same-sex couples some of the same legal protections as spouses, including hospital visitation, inheritance, and medical leave rights. [Link]

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OPINION: Leave domestic partner registry alone

The Wausau Daily Herald
July 26, 2009
The Wasau Daily Herald on the anti-gay Wisconsin Family Council's campaign to challenge the state's domestic partner registry: "This response to the domestic partner registry cannot be justified as a protection of traditional marriage. It's simple discrimination, and it is wrong." [Link]

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Groups move to deny basic domestic partnership rights to same-sex couples in Wisconsin

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 23, 2009
Supporters of Wisconsin's discriminatory exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and civil unions Thursday asked the state Supreme Court to declare domestic partnerships unconstitutional as well. Under a provision that was part of the budget Governor Jim Doyle signed in June, couples will be able to apply for a declaration of domestic partnership with their county of residence starting next month. [Link]

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Wisconsin to offer domestic partnerships

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 1, 2009
With the budget signed Monday by Gov. Jim Doyle, Wisconsin has put domestic partnerships in place for same-sex couples. Couples will be offered 43 of the more than 200 rights and benefits extended to married couples, such as allowing domestic partners to take family and medical leave to care for a seriously ill partner, make end-of-life decisions and add health care coverage. [Link]

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Trend Toward the Freedom to Marry is Undeniable

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 17, 2009
Bill McConkey - University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh lecturer, father of a gay daughter and firm believer that the 2006 constitutional amendment banning marriages and unions for gays in Wisconsin was not legally valid - is about to get his day before the Supreme Court. Among those who should hope he prevails: Republicans who pushed the amendment and are, as McConkey put it when I talked to him, "entirely on the wrong side of the march of time." [link]

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Wis. High Court to Review 2006 Marriage Ban

Associated Press
May 14, 2009

The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed Thursday to review whether the state's 2006 ban on marriage for gay couples was properly put to voters. Oral arguments are not yet scheduled but are expected this fall and a decision could come before the end of the year. [Link]

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Constitutionality of Doyle’s domestic partner registry in question

Wisconsin State Journal
April 12, 2009

Gov. Jim Doyle's proposal to create a statewide domestic partner registry for same-sex couples would be unique in the nation if it becomes law and survives an expected legal challenge, experts and advocates said. That's because no state that both bans gay couples' marriages and prohibits other legal recognition of same-sex relationships -- as Wisconsin does -- allows domestic partnerships or civil unions. [Link]

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Wisconsin Governor Proposes Same-Sex Partnerships

La Crosse Tribune
February 20, 2009
Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle has proposed a plan to allow the state's gay couples to form domestic partnerships and receive many of the legal protections that straight couples enjoy. Opponents say the proposal conflicts with the state's anti-gay marriage amendment and plan to sue if it passes. [Link]

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Judge upholds WI anti-marriage constitutional amendment

The Capital Times
May 30, 2008

A Wisconsin judge rejected the argument by plaintiff William McConkey that the anti-marriage amendment violated a constitutional prohibition against a referendum posing more than one question to voters. [Link]

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