This article pi$$es me off on so many levels. But I'll take it one point at a time.
1. In 2006, we the people of Wisconsin, approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman and outlawing anything "substantially similar" for gay couples.
By nearly 60%.
(So now you are going to go against what the majority wants. OK typical politics)
2. Would allow couples who register with their county register of deeds to jointly own property, inherit each other's assets and visit each other in the hospital, among other things
(register with the register of deeds? Are you a piece of property now, or what? You can already jointly own property, put someone in your will to inherit and visit each other in the hospital without some law giving you the right to do so!(idiots))
3.One study has estimated between 1,400 and 5,000 same-sex couples in Wisconsin would sign up for the registry in the first year. (that is a mighty big point spread folks. Especially out of the estimated 14,000 gay/lesbian couples in this state.) (So we should override the almost 60% of those who took the time to go out and VOTE IT DOWN, to pander to the possibly 30% who MIGHT register. That is up to 30% of 14,000, people, NOT 30% of the state's voters)
4.Partners would not have to testify against each other in court.
(Sounds more like a "married" couple to me already)
5.The relationships could be ended with a notice of termination. (This is the one that really blew my mind folks! If you want to end the relationship you just send a notice. Divorce isn't that easy, nor is it that CHEAP! You want the benefits of a married couple, without the legal hassles. I THINK NOT!!!)
You want the same rights as married couples??? Then by God, grow a set of balls, and fight for the whole dayem package! Don't you dare try and shove this piece meal down my throat, picking and choosing only the good parts and leaving the rest behind.
The whole P.O.S. article can be choked on here.