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MI Supreme Court Hears Gay Marriage Case!

Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:53 pm

Today, The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the hotly contested proposal 2 of 2004, the marriage amendment. At issue, Does the Marriage Amendment to Michigan’s Constitution bar various public sector employers from providing health insurance benefits to employees’ qualified same-sex domestic partners?
At the time Proposal 2 was adopted, many public employers were offering same-sex domestic partner benefits. After its passage, Governor Granholm convinced the unions to put a hold on these benefits, stating there was a “legal cloud” over the current contracts.
Although supporters of Proposal 2 has assured the public that the passage of the amendment would not affect domestic partner benefits, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox wrote an opinion that “same-sex benefits are now in violation of Michigan’s Constitution.”
Even though the Ingham County Circuit Court held that the amendment “does not prohibit public employers from entering into contractual agreements with their employees to provide domestic partner benefits,” the Michigan Court of Appeals in 2007 overruled the circuit court and eliminated benefits for same-sex couple that work for public entities.
The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments from Cynthia Ann Paul, Attorney for amicus curiae Michigan Pride At Work; Governor Granholm’s office and Attorney General Mike Cox’s office.
A decision is expected within three to six months.
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RE: MI Supreme Court Hears Gay Marriage Case!

Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:32 pm

This decision when it comes down should make for some interesting reading. The one good thing about this amendment was it was used in the Arizona campaign in 2006 has an example of why not to vote for the marriage amendment.
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RE: MI Supreme Court Hears Gay Marriage Case!

Tue Nov 06, 2007 11:40 pm

Yay? I think it's easier if we all just move to Canada.  Angry

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RE: MI Supreme Court Hears Gay Marriage Case!

Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:06 am

Quoting Foppishbum (Reply 2):
Yay? I think it's easier if we all just move to Canada.

...ah yes, the way of least resistance-- always the optimum choice for longterm results.
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