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Wisconsin legislator seeks to void section of state marriage amendment

The Badger State may be going through a little buyer’s remorse — it passed an extremely restrictive marriage amendment last week (by a surprisingly large margin, 59%-41%), and there is already a legislative effort to change it.

365gay reports that Wisconsin State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D) is drafting a proposed amendment that would limit the measure that passed on election day to cover marriage only, so that civil unions could be allowed.

The state was one of seven which passed amendments to their constitutions to ban same- sex marriage. Wisconsin’s goes further, also barring civil unions and possibly used to fight domestic partner benefits.

During the campaign to fight the proposed amendment LGBT rights groups, lawyers and business groups argued the measure was so broad it would affect all kinds of non married relationships and hurt businesses trying to attract skilled workers.

…The ban on gay marriage would stand, he says, but provisions negating domestic partner benefits for straight and gay couples would be removed.

It’s not clear how far this legislation will go, since the House remains under GOP control in the state.

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