Wisconsin court upholds domestic partner registry

Published On: Dec 21 2012 09:04:25 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 21 2012 10:36:26 PM CST
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

A state appeals court has ruled Wisconsin's domestic partner registry is constitutional.

The 4th District Court of Appeals said in an opinion released Friday that the domestic partnership law does not violate the marriage amendment.

Democratic lawmakers created the registry in 2009. It grants same-sex couples a host of legal rights, including the right to visit each other in hospitals and make end-of-life decisions for one another.

Members of the Conservative Group Wisconsin Family Action filed a lawsuit two years ago alleging the registry violates the Wisconsin Constitution's ban on gay marriage. A Madison judge ruled last year the registry was legal.