Federal Judge Orders The State of Michigan To Offer Benefits To GAY PartnersSubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 06/28/2013 - 17:58
Federal Judge Orders The State of Michigan To Offer Benefits To GAY Partners
By ED WHITE
Jun. 28 5:47 PM EDT
Mich. ban on domestic partner benefits blocked
DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge on Friday 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.
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. The decision came nearly a year after he heard arguments in the lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.