CASEAppling v. Walker

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Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys filed suit to stop then-Gov. Jim Doyle and the Wisconsin Legislature from skirting the state’s marriage amendment by the creation of marriage-like unions. The domestic partnership scheme, which Doyle proposed and signed into law after the Legislature passed it as part of the 2010-11 state budget, is only available to same-sex couples. “Domestic partners” receive “declarations” instead of “marriage licenses,” but otherwise, the procedures for creating the legal status of domestic partner is virtually the same as marriage. In 2006, 59 percent of Wisconsin voters approved an amendment to the state constitution which reads, “Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state.”
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Marriage remains one-man, one-woman union in Wisconsin

Marriage & Family

Marriage remains one-man, one-woman union in Wisconsin

State high court rules that domestic partnerships for same-sex couples not like marriage

Jul 31, 2014 Read More

Wis. Supreme Court to hear arguments on legal unions imitating marriage

Marriage & Family

Wis. Supreme Court to hear arguments on legal unions imitating marriage

Alliance Defending Freedom attorney available to media following hearing Wednesday

Oct 22, 2013 Read More

Wis. ruling divorces marriage from true meaning

Marriage & Family

Wis. ruling divorces marriage from true meaning

Wis. Supreme Court asked to weigh in on interpretation of voter-approved marriage amendment

Jan 22, 2013 Read More

Wis. judge: Marriage imitation does not imitate marriage

Marriage & Family

Wis. judge: Marriage imitation does not imitate marriage

ADF, allies to appeal ruling that allows ‘domestic partnership’ scheme to skirt voter-approved marriage amendment

Jun 20, 2011 Read More

Urgent lawsuit filed with Wis. Supreme Court to stop violation of marriage amendment

ADF files suit to stop violation of Wis. marriage amendment

Marriage & Family

ADF files suit to stop violation of Wis. marriage amendment

Lawsuit seeks to stop legislative end-run around voters, state constitution

Aug 18, 2010 Read More
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https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/mainsite-new/docs/default-source/documents/legal-documents/appling-v.-walker/appling-v-walker---wisconsin-supreme-court-opinion.pdf?sfvrsn=71bc9e21_4https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/mainsite-new/docs/default-source/documents/legal-documents/appling-v.-walker/appling-v-walker---reply-brief-at-wisconsin-supreme-court.pdf?sfvrsn=6f02f16a_4https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/mainsite-new/docs/default-source/documents/legal-documents/appling-v.-walker/appling-v-walker---opening-brief-at-wisconsin-supreme-court.pdf?sfvrsn=cfe5dd50_4https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/mainsite-new/docs/default-source/documents/legal-documents/appling-v.-walker/appling-v-walker---petition-for-review.pdf?sfvrsn=2de42f_4https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/mainsite-new/docs/default-source/documents/legal-documents/appling-v.-walker/appling-v-walker---appellate-court-ruling.pdf?sfvrsn=e321cd10_6https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/mainsite-new/docs/default-source/documents/legal-documents/appling-v.-walker/appling-v-walker---summary-judgment-decision-and-order.pdf?sfvrsn=583ad9d9_4https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/mainsite-new/docs/default-source/documents/legal-documents/appling-v.-walker/appling-v-walker---complaint.pdf?sfvrsn=3b0bbabe_4
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State Supreme Court
Wisconsin Supreme Court opinion Jul 31 2014
State Supreme Court
Reply brief at Wisconsin Supreme Court Oct 01 2013
State Supreme Court
Opening brief at Wisconsin Supreme Court Aug 13 2013
State Supreme Court
Petition for review Jan 22 2013
Appellate Court
Appellate court ruling Dec 20 2012
Appellate Court
Summary judgment decision and order Jun 20 2011
Trial Court
Complaint Aug 18 2010

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Video: Wis. Supreme Court oral arguments: Appling v. Walker (2013-10-23)

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