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Wisconsin Supreme Court To Hear Domestic Partnership Challenge

WisconsinSupremeCourtSealThe Wisconsin Supreme Court has said that they will hear two challenges to the constitutionality of two separate laws. The first law is the one governing union bargaining rights known as Act 10, and the other is the domestic partnership benefits for same-sex couples law. According to WPR:

The bargaining rights case was brought by the Madison teacher’s union and a Milwaukee city employees union, claiming the law known as Act 10 violates the equal protection rights of public-employee union members. All of the major public-employee unions in the state have filed amicus briefs calling on the court to find portions of Act 10 unconstitutional and determine whether the law applies equally to state and local government employees.

The court will hear a suit brought by American Family Action which says that the 2009 law granting partner benefits in Wisconsin violates the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state.

The second case could end up being moot depending on how the US Supreme Court rules in the Prop 8 case. The Supreme Court of the United States is expected to rule on the constitutionality of California’s Prop 8 within the next two weeks. If they strike down Prop 8 as unconstitutional and word it broadly enough, it could take down all marriage equality bans in the United States.

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