MADISON,WI: Yesterday Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, and 4 other Wisconsin Family Action board members, through their Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys, filed their initial brief with the Wisconsin Supreme Court in a lawsuit defending Wisconsin’s Marriage Protection Amendment. The brief clearly and strongly argues that the same-sex-only, statewide domestic partnership registry signed into law in 2009 by then-governor Jim Doyle, violates the marriage amendment by creating a legal status that is at least “substantially similar” to the legal status of marriage, a clear violation of the amendment that was passed by nearly 60% of the voters in 2006. Oral arguments in this case are scheduled for October 23.
“This registry is designed to do one thing – mimic marriage,” says Appling, “”In so doing, it clearly violates Wisconsin’s Constitution, the will of the voters, and the institution of marriage. We have tenaciously championed this position as defenders of marriage and will continue to do so with all of our resources.”