An appeals court has dismissed a challenge to Cleveland's gay-inclusive domestic partnership registry, Cleveland gay weekly Gay People's Chronicle reported.

The lawsuit, which claims the registry violates Ohio's 2004 voter-approved gay marriage ban, was originally tossed out last November by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph D. Russo.

The 3-judge appeals panel ruled unanimously on September 30.

“Domestic partners are not given the same respect by society as a married couple, and they share none of marriage's history and traditions,” Judge Colleen Conway Cooney wrote in the court's decision.

Cincinnati attorney David R. Langdon filed the suit together with Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) attorneys on behalf of Dorothy McGuire, who represents the group Cleveland Taxpayers for the Ohio Constitution.

Cleveland law director Robert Triozzi said the city is prepared to defend the law should Langdon appeal the decision to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Cleveland's domestic partnership registry, which came on-line in 2009, is open to both gay and straight couples and offers no guaranteed benefits, rights or responsibilities whatsoever. Gay rights activists, however, have hailed the council's creation of the registry, calling it an important first step in recognizing gay couples.