Mich. ban on domestic partner benefits blocked

A federal judge has blocked Michigan's ban on domestic partner benefits for employees who work for public schools or local governments, saying state lawmakers simply wanted to punish gays and lesbians.
AP Wire
Jun 29, 2013

U.S. District Judge David Lawson said plaintiffs who have lost benefits or been forced to buy expensive private health insurance have made a "plausible claim" that the law violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Friday's decision came nearly a year after Lawson heard arguments in the lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

"It is hard to argue with a straight face that the primary purpose ... of the statute is other than to deny health benefits to the same-sex partners of public employees," Lawson said as he ordered an injunction. "But that can never be a legitimate governmental purpose."

The law was approved in 2011 by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. It ended insurance for people whose domestic partners work for certain public employers. It's somewhat narrow, exempting colleges and universities, as well as most state government workers whose benefits are set by the Michigan Civil Service Commission.

Comments

Wingmaster

Pretty simple in this whole debate follow the money.

Now it would be nice if the media would go back to asking questions and finding out what the heck happened on Libya, NSA, IRS....pick one.

You know come to think of it, same answer too. ...follow the money.

Zegota

John Adams

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

Benjamin Franklin

If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be if without it?

God Bless the Constitution and our Heavenly Father, may this nation "Under God" never parish...

H M

Parish is a church. I think you meant perish. Our Constitution was written for everyone.

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