Wisconsin Same-Sex Couples Sign Up as Domestic Partners
Monday was their first chance to sign up and obtain dozens of the same legal protections as spouses.
Fifty-six-year-old Janice Czyscon and her partner of 29 years, 57-year-old Crystal Hyslop, arrived at the Dane County offices in Madison at 5:12 a.m. and waited in the rain until the doors opened.
Wisconsin is the first Midwestern state to enact protections for same-sex couples through legislation. Gov. Jim Doyle proposed the plan, and the Democratic-controlled Legislature approved it in the state budget.
Some who want the law invalidated say it conflicts with the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.