Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Lambda Legal aims to join fight on behalf of domestic partnerships in Wisconsin

09/22/09 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel All Politics Blog:
A group of Wisconsin same-sex couples and a national gay-rights legal group is asking to be allowed to be part of a challenge to the creation of Wisconsin’s state’s new domestic partnership program. Lambda Legal, which advocates for civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, is asking the state Supreme Court to allow it to intervene on behalf of Fair Wisconsin, which is defending the domestic partnerships established in the budget Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle signed in July.
The case is Appling v. Doyle, No. 2009AP001860 (Wis. Sup. Ct.). Here is Lambda Legal's press release. I am unable to find online availability of Lambda's motion to intervene. The ACLU has a press release here. It has also filed a motion to intervene, and has filed an opposition to the petition.

09/22/09 AP:
Madison attorney Lester Pines, who is representing the state, said he will also ask the court not to take the case on Tuesday. He had no comment on Fair Wisconsin's planned attempt to intervene, other than to say he had not coordinated with the group his firm has represented in the past. Jim Campbell, a lawyer for the Alliance Defense Fund, which is representing the plaintiffs, said he is not surprised by the attempt to intervene. He said it was too early to know whether the plaintiffs will oppose it.

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