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Wisconsin Family Council considers challenge to same-sex partner registry


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - The State Supreme Court ruling that preserved Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage was a huge victory for the state’s Family Council.

President Julaine Appling says it will make her group even more committed to preserving traditional marriage. But she would not say if the group would try again to strike down Wisconsin’s domestic partner registry – which lets same-sex couples obtain about one-fifth of the legal benefits that married couples enjoy.

Last year, 3 members of the Family Council tried to get the State Supreme Court to strike down the registry before it could begin in August. But the justices didn’t act on the matter until November.

And when they did, they refused to take the case without comment – which meant the Family Council would have to go to the lower courts first. Since then, the group has given no indication what it might or might not do.

Attorney Tamara Packard, who was involved in defending the domestic partner registry, says she’s confident it would survive a lawsuit. And she said Wednesday’s ruling gives opponents nothing to bolster their legal stand against the registry.