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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Law - After 8 years, Michigan courts are still litigating the meaning of the November 2004 constitutional amendment

After 8 years, Michigan courts are still litigating the meaning of the November 2004 amendment to the Michigan Constitution stating that “one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose.” This post today in the State Bar of Michigan SBMBlog begins:

An unpublished opinion (PDF) of the Court of Appeals released today upholds a circuit court decision rejecting Attorney General Bill Schuette's challenge to the Civil Service Commission's extension of health plan benefits to “other eligible adult individuals” who are "co-residents of state employees" -- in other words, to domestic partners. The Attorney General said that the extension, which was the product of negotiations with state employee unions, violates the state constitution's Marriage Amendment and equal protection.
See also this ILB post from Feb. 2, 2007.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 9, 2013 06:49 PM
Posted to General Law Related