(WGN-AM)- The first same-sex couple in Madison hassigned up for the state's new domestic partnership registry.
Fifty-six-year-old Janice Czyscon and her partner,57-year-old Crystal Hyslop, arrived at the Dane County offices at5:12 a.m. and waited in the rain until the doors opened. About twodozen more same-sex couples waiting in line cheered and clapped at8 a.m. as county Clerk Robert Ohlsen led them into theoffice to fill out their application.
Wisconsin is the first Midwestern state to enact protections forsame-sex couples through legislation. Gov. Jim Doyle proposed theplan, and the Democratic-controlled Legislature approved it in thestate budget.
A group of social conservatives want the law invalidated, sayingit conflicts with the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story)
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