MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin's attorney general says he won't defend a law that grants same-sex couples spousal benefits.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Friday that a law extending legal privileges such as hospital visitation and inheritance to gay and lesbian couples is unconstitutional.
He said it ignores a voter-approved constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage and any "substantially similar" relationships.
The Wisconsin Family Council has asked the state Supreme Court to invalidate the law. Law supporters say Van Hollen, a Republican, is trying to make a name for himself.
Wisconsin was the first state to grant domestic partnerships to gay couples despite a constitutional ban. It also was first in the Midwest to legislatively provide some legal protections.
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Monday, August 24, 2009
Wisconsin Proves It's Not About Marriage
The opponents of GLBT equality prove their argument is not about marriage, it's about what they find moral: