The state's outgoing attorney general said Wisconsin's new ban on gay marriage doesn't mean employers have to stop providing benefits to same-sex couples.Source: WISC-TV.com
The six-page opinion released on Wednesday was one of Peg Lautenschlager's last official acts.
Voters in November approved a statewide constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
The city of Madison asked Lautenschlager to clarify whether the amendment had any bearing on its ability to offer benefits to domestic partners.
Lautenschlager wrote that the amendment's language shows "that neither the Legislature nor the people intended to invalidate domestic partnerships when they adopted this provision."[emphasis added]
Duh! The amendment was meant to restrict how government defines marriage and not contracts between an employee and an employer. I am currently working for a company that provides benefits to domestic partners
and it seems to a couple (hetero-unmarried) I know are working through getting this set up with one of their employers.
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