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Attorneys debate domestic partnership benefits before WI Supreme Court


MADISON (WKOW) -- Conservative attorneys tried to persuade justices to wipe out the state's domestic partner registry during oral arguments before the Wisconsin Supreme Court Wednesday.

The conservative group Wisconsin Family Action filed a lawsuit in 2010, claiming the registry violates the state's 2006 constitutional amendment banning gay marriage or anything substantially similar.

Austin Nimocks, an attorney for Wisconsin Family Action, told justices during Wednesday's oral arguments the qualifications to get married and get on the registry are substantially similar.

Christopher Clark, an attorney for Fair Wisconsin, the state's largest gay rights group, argued the registry doesn't come close to marriage, claiming marriage is a civil contract that comes with obligations the registry doesn't require.

The registry provides several legal rights to same-sex couples.

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