More than 440 same sex couple applied for Wisconsin’s domestic partnership registry in its first week.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health Services cautions the numbers are incomplete because only 58 out of 72 counties responded to the department’s request for numbers. Dane County had the most with 115 couples.
Applicants need to sign a document in front of a notary and file it with the register of deeds to become official. The registry gives same-sex couples dozens of the same benefits as married couples, such as hospital visitation, medical leave and inheritance rights.