Gov. Walker Wants to Stop Defending Domestic Partnership Registry in Court

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker wants to stop defending the state's domestic partner registry in court.

Members of Wisconsin Family Action filed a lawsuit last year arguing the registry creates a legal status similar to marriage, a violation of the Wisconsin Constitution.

Former Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat who proposed the registry, argued it was legal. But Walker filed a motion late Friday seeking to end the state's defense, saying in the motion he feels the registry is unconstitutional.

It's unclear when Dane County Circuit Judge Daniel Moeser will rule on the motion. Gay rights group Fair Wisconsin is a party to the case and will continue to defend the registry if the judge dismisses the state.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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