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Wisconsin May Offer Recognition

Timothy Kincaid

May 22nd, 2009

In 2006, Wisonsin voters passed the following amendments by a margin of 59%-41%:

“Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state.”

Now the legislature is seeking to find a place short of “substantially similar” to allow recognition for same-sex couples. (Chicago Tribune)

The Legislature’s budget committee voted 12-4 Friday for a plan allowing gay and lesbian couples who live together to form domestic partnerships and receive some of the same benefits as married couples.

The Wisconsin plan would allow couples who register with their county register of deeds to jointly own property, inherit each other’s assets and visit each other in the hospital, among other things.

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