Today Chris “Capper” Liebenthal and his special interest pals at Milwaukee County First issued a press release titled “Equality Coming to Milwaukee County”. The press release issued by the group described that County Supervisors Chris Larson and Marina Dimitrijevic are planning to issue a resolution to the Milwaukee County Board to extend domestic partner benefits to Milwaukee County.
However, what the union-front group doesn’t understand that legality of the Domestic partner benefits are being reviewed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. How the state’s highest court could rule in the November 3rd oral arguments of McConkey v. Wisconsin and the seperate case involving the Domestic Partner Registry could basically nullify the resolution being introduced.
Milwaukee County First has ignored what is being debated in the state’s highest courts. Both Supervisors Dimitrijevic and Larson should drop the resolution until the State Supreme Court makes a decision. If the court rules in favor of the state in the McConkey case or for Alliance Defense Fund in the separate domestic partner registry case, the resolution being introduced by the two supervisors would be nullified.
This brings up one thing, doesn’t Milwaukee County First understand how three branches of state government works? If they ignore the impact of the decisions of the state’s highest court, then they sure don’t know how the other two branches work.
This is why Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker should veto the resolution if approved by the County Board. Because the precedence of the resolution’s legality is at question pending the decisions of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court, Walker should not fall for the head fake by Milwaukee County First.