Straight couples and roommates no longer need to be married in order to potentially qualify for health insurance or family leave.
Beginning Friday, domestic partnership declarations are available for opposite sex couples, Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki said. “Gender discrimination is not allowed in marriage, so it cannot be permitted for domestic partnerships,” Czarnezki said in a statement.
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Julaine Appling, WFA president responds, “By law this is a same-sex-only domestic partnership registry. The state legislature has done nothing to change the law to include opposite-sex couples, nor has a court. These clerks are blatantly usurping their authority and taking it upon themselves to break the law. It’s as if they are daring authorities to stop them. This anarchy needs to end and end now.”
NOTE: This is also taking place in Dane County.