In a follow up to our post on Friday, we have learned that the Wisconsin State Assembly passed the state budget, which included domestic partnership protections!
According to Fair Wisconsin, the statewide equality group, the domestic partnership benefits survived an attempt to remove them from the budget by a vote of 50-48, and the budget was passed by a 50-48 margin.
The budget goes to the state Senate this week, and Governor Jim Doyle is hopeful that he will sign it into law by the end of June. If this happens, Wisconsin would become the first state with an existing constitutional amendment banning marriage equality and civil unions to provide domestic partnership legislation for same-sex couples.
According to Glenn Carlson, executive director of Fair Wisconsin, "Fair Wisconsin applauds our state representatives who realize that no one should ever have to worry about being blocked at their partner’s hospital room door, or have to make the heartbreaking decision to quit their job in order to care for a seriously ill partner. This isn’t about being gay or straight—it’s about being decent."
Stay tuned for more developments on this story throughout June!