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Congrats, Wisconsin Couples

Timothy Kincaid

August 3rd, 2009

Today is the day that Wisconsin same-sex couples can register as domestic partners. Most of the small list of rights and benefits deal with health care or probate issues. (Capital Times)

The extension of health care benefits to same-sex couples is one highlight of the registry. Other perks include the ability for same-sex couples to inherit their partner’s property or other assets, even if they do not have a will. Without these protections, the property and other assets of gay men and lesbians without a will would go to their parents or siblings — not their significant other — at the time of death.

What to bring if you plan to register: Couples must provide proof of residence, certified copies of their birth certificates and their Social Security numbers. For those who have been previously married, a certified death certificate or divorce judgment is required. The fee is also the same as for a marriage license, $115 in cash per couple in Dane County.

Who qualifies for the registry: Two individuals must be at least 18 years old, be of the same gender, share a common residence, not be nearer of kin than second cousins, and not be married or in another domestic partnership.

This day is historic in that Wisconsin became the first midwestern state to grant recognition of same-sex couples by legislation and it is the first state with a clause banning “legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage” to offer any limited recognition at all.

Anti-gays, of course, have sued to stop gay people from being able to cover their loved ones on their health insurance or visit them in the hospital. It’s not that they hate you, want to make your life as difficult as possible, or see you as an enemy in a culture war. Oh no, they just want to protect marriage, you see.



L. Junius Brutus
August 3rd, 2009 | LINK

Their love, compassion and charity is impressive.

As it their ability to twist the truth.

When you are trying to pass the amendment, proclaim that it’s only about marriage and doesn’t affect domestic partnerships. When it has been passed, argue that it bans domestic partnerships. What group other than Christian fundamentalists can get away with such outright deception and lying? Why doesn’t anyone stand up to these creeps?

August 3rd, 2009 | LINK

I still remember when they were pushing this amendment, the Wisconsin Family Council said it wouldn’t affect domestic partnerships. Now that we have them, they are trying to take it away. Back stabbing liers.

I can’t wait for our Supreme Court to decide whether the constitutional amendment to ban both civil unions and same-sex marriage was in fact, two questions and therefore, is unconstitutional. I hope they do strike it down. It will be a major blow to WFC. Ha.

August 3rd, 2009 | LINK

Once again the true colors are on display.

This isn’t about the definition of a word.

This is about being dicks. Period.

el polacko
August 3rd, 2009 | LINK

why must they ‘share the same residence’ ?? my married co-worker lives in california and his wife lives in nevada where she is attending school.. but they are still ‘married’.
just one example of why domestic partners is not equality.

August 4th, 2009 | LINK

Yeah.. sure sounds like they had more than “protecting marriage” in mind when they passed that amendment.

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