“Gay marriage opposition leads to ‘unnecessary humiliation’” | The Badger Herald

Constitutionality of Wisconsin’s domestic partnerships probed | Isthmus

    Isthmus: On the issue of severability, Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson asked whether the law would be constitutional if the requirement that domestic partners be same-sex couples were struck down, along with the prohibition against close relatives forming such a partnership. “I believe it likely would be,” responded attorney Austin R. Nimocks, who is representing the plaintiffs in Appling v. Doyle. In other words, he argues that it would be legal for rights and benefits to be provided to domestic partner relationships as long as those partnerships are not sex-specific; they could include such domestic pairings as two sisters who live together. That way, says Nimocks, the status of legal marriage would be preserved. “The [same-sex] relationship in and of itself would not be marriage-like, and that is what is important to make things constitutional,” says Nimocks, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian nonprofit organization based in Scottsdale.

  • Posted: 11/01/2013
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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Activists celebrate as equality surges forward from coast to coast | Wisconsin Gazette

Justices hear same-sex registry appeal | WSAU.com

Legal Unions Imitating Marriage | Video of Oral Arguments at WI Supreme Court

WI: State Supreme Court hints it may strike down part of domestic partnership law | Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin Partnership Law Fought as Too Like Marriage | Bloomberg

Wisconsin Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Legal Unions Imitating Marriage | Charisma News

“Anti-gay forces file briefs with Wisconsin, U.S. Supreme Courts” | Wisconsin Gazette

Groups seek state Supreme Court review of domestic partnership law

    Journal-Sentinel: On Tuesday, the Alliance Defending Freedom announced it and other groups had petitioned the high court to hear an appeal of the December ruling. “We are appealing the appellate court’s decision because this domestic partnership schemed is precisely the type of o marriage imitation that the voters intended to prevent,” said Austin Nimucks, senior counsel with ADF in Washington, D.C. . . . Fair Wisconsin Executive Director Katie Belanger said, “It is disappointing that the plaintiffs and the Alliance Defending Freedom are continuing their efforts to take away important legal protections from same-sex couples and their families.”

  • Posted: 01/22/2013
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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Wis. ruling divorces marriage from true meaning | Alliance Defending Freedom