- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican attorney general hopeful Brad Schimel now says he would defend the state’s domestic partner registry.

The registry extends limited legal benefits to same-sex couples. Conservative group Wisconsin Family Action filed a lawsuit in 2010 alleging the registry violates the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. The state Supreme Court found the registry constitutional in July.

Schimel has said he would not have defended the registry if he was attorney general. But during a Sept. 5 interview with “Eye on Oshkosh” Schimel said he had changed his position and would have defended it. He said he did more research and concluded the registry doesn’t conflict with the gay marriage ban.

A federal appeals court struck down the same-sex marriage ban last month.

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