In Wisconsin gay couples are now able to register as domestic partners.
I don't like this. Not one bit.
Oh sure, it sounds well and good on paper. The registry will afford same-sex couples some 40 legal protections previously extended only to married couples, but it falls short in making all couples equal.
And there's the rub. Not equal is not good. But not equal was enough to get the Wisconsin Family Action's granny pants in a bunch. They've filed suit, claiming the registry violates the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.
Okay, I'll say this once asshats, and i want you to remember it: A domestic registry is not marriage, so it doesn't violate anything. It.Isn't.Marriage.
But still, it pisses me off. What's to stop people from denying the LGBT community in Wisconsin the full rights and benefits and privileges and equality of marriage one day if they have domestic partnership registries now? All they have to say is Look, we gave 'em a registry! We don't need to change that and make 'em all equal and stuff. We have marriage, they have a registry.
I don't want to register my partnership. I want to register my china pattern for my wedding. What they've offered in Wisconsin is the crumb off the rosette off the top of a wedding cake, and it isn't right, or fair, or equal.
See the difference?
Separate is not equal.