WI High Court Upholds Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

July 2, 2010 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has unanimously upheld a ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions.

WKOW reports the seven justices decided that a 2006 constitutional amendment defining marriage in a statewide ballot was properly put to voters, and rejected the lawsuit that claimed the referendum violated rules by having two questions in one subject. 

The state does have a registry that gives same-sex couples dozens of the same benefits as married couples, including hospital visitation, medical leave and inheritance rights. The news report said gay rights advocates say this decision strictly deals with how amendments are presented to voters.  

“As for the substance of what the amendment means, its effect on the domestic partner registry or rights for same sex couples, it has no meaning,” said Lester Pines representing gay advocacy group Fair Wisconsin, according to WKOW.  

Pines says it is uncertain if anyone will challenge domestic partner benefits in court after this decision.