- It has all the trappings of a story book romance.
Just around Valentines Day the local newspaper had carried the story of Kiel lesbian couples plans to marry in Canada in March and later hold an April holy union service at a Sheboygan County church.
But it could in neighboring Canada, so the plans were made.
Part of those plans included Robert, who works in the Sheboygan School Districts recreation department and as a secretary at Jefferson Elementary School, taking the paid two-day wedding leave from her job offered as a benefit to all employees as part of their union contract.
The school district denied Roberts request and she then filed a grievance.
On February 28, supported by her union representative and her life partner, Roberts appeared before the Human Resources Committee of the districts governing board in a closed, 45-minute session to make her case.
A lot of the people who know and work with Roberts agreed.
Several dozen supporters showed up and offered a petition supporting her signed by nearly 200 students and fellow employees.The board announced it would make a decision within the week.Treating her soon-to-be-legal Canada marriage differently than her straight co-workers Wisconsin-bred unions looks like discrimination to her, Roberts argued. Gieryn said support staffs contract with the district does not specify that a marriage be recognized legally in Wisconsin.The district has never before tried to inquire about whether a marriage is legally recognized in the state, Gieryn told reporter Doug Carroll.This is the first time, and thats where we see the discrimination.The contract doesnt allow them to make that inquiry.