MADISON, Wisc (Reuters) - A judge ruled on Monday that Wisconsin's same sex partnerships registry is not the same as marriage so it does not violate Wisconsin's constitutional ban on gay marriage.
Dane County judge Dan Moeser said the registry does not create a legal status for domestic partners that is the same as or similar to that of marriage between a man and a woman.
"The state does not recognize domestic partnership in a way that even remotely resembles how the state recognizes marriage," he wrote.
The registry was created in 2009 under Democratic Governor Jim Doyle. New Republican Governor Scott Walker said the state would no longer defend the registry in court.
Wisconsin Family Action, which filed the court challenge against the registry, could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Wisconsin ACLU hailed the decision.
"It (the registry) is a lifeline for committed couples who seek the security and dignity of being able to provide for their families," said ACLU official John Knight.
(Editing by Greg McCune)