June 20, 2011: Judge Dan Moeser of Dane County ruled that the National Registry of Partnerships was not contrary to the state constitution and said the state “does not recognize domestic partnership in a way that is only remotely similar to the state`s recognition of marriage.”  Some legislators have voluntarily established national partnership relationships by law instead of being invited by a court to do so. Although some jurisdictions have established national unions to recognize same-sex marriage, there are laws that in many jurisdictions provide for the recognition of domestic partnerships between persons. On June 29, 2009, Governor Jim Doyle signed the budget and definitively approved the benefits of a sponsored domestic partnership for same-sex couples living in Wisconsin.  Originally created before same-sex marriage was legalized, home partnerships continue to be used to provide benefits to unmarried couples, both homosexual and heterosexual. According to the state, a national partnership can allow the parties to visit each other`s hospital, grant legal rights to manage medical information or funeral services, and transfer medical services from one partner to another. By using a domestic agreement, a couple can define their marriage in a way that suits them. Although many choose to marry, a national agreement is a good option for couples who wish to limit state control over their relationships while providing structure and formally registering their relationship agreements. In 2001, the Property (Relationsships) Act was extended in 1976 to offer non-registered partners rights similar to those of married couples. A de facto relationship is defined as a relationship between two people who live as an unmarried couple or in a registered life relationship. This applies to both heterosexual and same-sex couples.  Since 2013, same-sex marriage has been recognized and practiced by law in New Zealand and still covers unregistered “de facto” relationships similar to those of married persons.
Of the 50 states, California grants the most rights and protection to same-sex couples through its national partnership law. Recent changes to California law give same-sex couples the opportunity to enjoy much more of the same benefits that are often tied to marriage.