For two years Appling vs Doyle has been working its way through Wisconsin’s judicial system. Wisconsin Family Action’s President Julaine Appling, along with several WFA board members, filed a lawsuit in 2010 asserting that the statewide, same-sex-only domestic partnership registry is unconstitutional. Today, the state Appeals Court decided not to rule on the case but to ask the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take the lawsuit and ultimately issue a ruling.
Wisconsin Family Action believes the domestic partnership registry enacted by Governor Doyle in June of 2009 violates the marriage amendment as it mimics marriage by creating a “legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals.”
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Appling reacted to today’s news, “We knew that eventually this case would land in the Supreme Court so this is not surprising to us. The timing of the decision was unexpected, but not that the Appellate Court took this action. As the Court said, the case has far-reaching implications.”
Appling concluded “We trust the Wisconsin Supreme Court will consider the case on its merits and we are confident they will deem this domestic partnership registry unconstitutional.”