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Wisconsin Journal: A Traditional Marriage Victory

The Milwaukee couple, Katherine Halopka-Ivery and Linda Halopka-Ivery, took the unusual route of filing their action for declaratory judgment directly with the Supreme Court last month, bypassing the typical procedure of starting such an action in a circuit court.

The state's domestic partnership registry also is under challenge by conservatives who say it is too much like marriage and violates the 2006 amendment to the state constitution. That case is pending before the state Supreme Court.

Wisconsin voters in 2006 adopted a constitutional amendment declaring that marriage is between a man and woman only.

The suit contends that Wisconsin's current law recognizing only different-sex marriages violates equal protection and due process, establishes a two-tiered regime that harms same-sex couples, and interferes with "fundamental rights regarding deeply personal choices about marriage and family life."

Read more at the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel...