Michigan Domestic Partner Benefits Ban Blocked By Federal Judge, Cited As Unconstitutional

  • metta

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    Jun 30, 2013 5:58 PM GMT
    Michigan Domestic Partner Benefits Ban Blocked By Federal Judge, Cited As Unconstitutional

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/28/michigan-domestic-partnerships-benefits-ban-struck-down_n_3517258.html
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    Jul 01, 2013 2:12 AM GMT
    Aristoshark saidMichigan is currently being run by a gang of thugs. Good for the judge.


    "critics argued that it could have a long-term negative effect on the state's economy, pushing residents to move away and costing the state in court expenses"

    ^this has been happening for many years now, those conservatives in charge of the state and counties have been chasing away the gays for more than a decade, Michigan sucks and always will
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    Jul 01, 2013 12:22 PM GMT
    Wow.

    This past week has been like a freaking tidal wave.
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    Jul 01, 2013 5:59 PM GMT
    The governor when he signed the bill said he did so because the state did not have the money to cover domestic partner benefits. Leave it to Republicans to come up with the idea that equality is too expensive. It will be interesting to see if the Republican attorney general appeals. If this is truly about cost, then a long legal battle that could possibly go all the way to the Supreme Court doesn't really seem like it would ultimately lead to that much of a savings considering the few state employees that will actually cover their domestic partner.
  • MadeinMich

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    Jul 01, 2013 6:07 PM GMT
    Iceblink saidThe governor when he signed the bill said he did so because the state did not have the money to cover domestic partner benefits. Leave it to Republicans to come up with the idea that equality is too expensive. It will be interesting to see if the Republican attorney general appeals. If this is truly about cost, then a long legal battle that could possibly go all the way to the Supreme Court doesn't really seem like it would ultimately lead to that much of a savings considering the few state employees that will actually cover their domestic partner.


    Governor Snyder runs the state like a business because he is a business man. He doesn't give a shit about people in Michigan, only the corporations.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 01, 2013 11:38 PM GMT
    scruffLA said
    Aristoshark saidMichigan is currently being run by a gang of thugs. Good for the judge.


    "critics argued that it could have a long-term negative effect on the state's economy, pushing residents to move away and costing the state in court expenses"

    ^this has been happening for many years now, those conservatives in charge of the state and counties have been chasing away the gays for more than a decade, Michigan sucks and always will
    Both democrats and republicans are equally responsible for the serious economic and financial problems facing Michigan. Both major parties are just out for their own self aggrandizement. The people of Michigan could go to hell as far as they are concerned.
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    Jul 02, 2013 1:17 AM GMT
    Citing DOMA, Judge Gives Michigan's Gay Marriage Ban a Trial

    http://news.yahoo.com/citing-doma-judge-gives-michigans-gay-marriage-ban-000411718.html

    "plaintiffs are entitled to their day in court and they shall have it.”

    and here we go.........

    Both Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette are named as defendants in the case. They argued that DeBoer and Rowse cannot demonstrate that Michigan's same-sex marriage ban "lacks a rational relationship to a legitimate state interest." They are also arguing that DeBoer and Rowse "do not possess a fundamental right to marry another individual of the same gender."

    Schuette has released the following statement about the ruling,

    We are disappointed in Judge Friedman’s decision but we look forward to aggressively defending Michigan’s constitution.

    Friedman has set a scheduling conference for Wednesday, July 10 at 3:00 pm, when it is expected a trial date will be set.


  • mwolverine

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    Jul 09, 2013 5:04 AM GMT
    We're coming back.

    Last year the homophobic mayor of Troy was recalled.

    Now this, too:

    http://www.annarbor.com/news/irwin-and-zemke-sponsoring-legislation-to-allow-same-sex-marriage-in-michigan
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    Jul 09, 2013 5:37 AM GMT
    caesarea4 saidWe're coming back.

    Last year the homophobic mayor of Troy was recalled.

    Now this, too:

    http://www.annarbor.com/news/irwin-and-zemke-sponsoring-legislation-to-allow-same-sex-marriage-in-michigan

    If wish their bills would go somewhere as it could bring marriage equality to Michigan in 2014. Unfortunately it won't get by the Republican legislature. They should not have a problem with it since they are not voting to allow same-sex marriage, but to put it on the ballot. It will at least be nice to see how state Senators stand on the issue. Since they are so often the ones saying the people should decide, then that is what they should allow them to do. Instead, marriage equality will be on the ballot in 2016 after a petition drive that is already being organized.