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Same-sex couples sign up for registry
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By Brian Graybgray@themonroetimes.comMONROE - Two people came to the Green County Courthouse Monday to sign up for the state's new domestic partnership registry.William S. Flaherty and Scott A. Switalski, both of Monroe, signed up for the registry at about 2 p.m., according to the Green County Clerk's office.The men gave permission for their names to be used.Wisconsin became the first Midwestern state to enact protections for gay couples through legislation when Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle signed the state budget on June 29. Provisions in the spending plan granted same-sex couples dozens of the same legal protections as spouses, including hospital visitation, inheritance and medical leave rights.First in line at the Dane County Clerk's office in Madison were 56-year-old Janice Czyscon and her partner of 29 years, 57-year-old Crystal Hyslop.

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