Domestic Partnerships &
Same-Sex Marriages (SSMs) in Wisconsin
2006 to 2014-OCT-06:
Bans added to state
Positive ruling in federal District Court.
Same-sex marriages available briefly.
Case appealed to 7th U.S. Court of Appeals.
Court issues ruling in favor of SSM.
U.S. Supreme Court rejects the appeal.
Marriage equality comes to Wisconsin.
Timeline of the struggle to attain marriage equality in Wisconsin:
- 2006: Wisconsin voters amended the state constitution, by passing Referendum 1, with
a vote of
59% to 41%. This banned both civil unions and marriages by same-sex couples.
- 2009: Governor Jim Doyle (D) sponsored a bill to create a system of Domestic Partnerships in the state that would give registered same-sex couples a few of the benefits and protections given automatically to all married couples.
- 2010: The constitutionality of Referendum 1 was challenged in state court, but was upheld by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
- 2011: An attempt by a conservative group, Wisconsin Family Action, to have domestic partnerships declared unconstitutional failed. A poll in MAY shows that only 42% of Wisconsin voters favor same-sex marriages; 46% were opposed; 12% uncertain.
Topic covered in this section:
- Part 1: 2006 to 2011: Bans added to state
legalized. Poll about SSMs among voters.
- Part 2: 2013-AUG to 2014-JUN: Illinois Governor Quinn urged adoption of SSMs.
Lawsuit Wolf v. Walker launched in federal District Court. Results of a poll of voters.
- Part 3: 2014-JUN: Court ruled SSM ban unconstitutional. Lack of consensus about SSM legality. Confusion reigns.
- Part 4: 2014-JUN:
Webmaster's comments. State begins to register SSMs. Confusion continues.
- Part 5: 2014-JUN: More webmaster's comments. District Court Judge Crabb issues stay. Attorney General plans appeal.
- Part 6: 2014-JUN: Reactions by religious and social conservatives.
- Part 7: 2014-JUL/AUG: Attorney General appeals case to 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Hearing held. Marriage ban ruled unconstitutional
- Part 8: 2014-AUG /SEP: Appeal heard before a 3-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Court rules in favor of marriage equality.
- Part 9: 2014-SEP: Panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issues ruling favoring marriage equality. (Cont'd) Marriage equality comes to Wisconsin.
First posted: 2014-JUN-12
Latest update: 2014-OCT-08
Author: B.A. Robinson