Thursday, July 06, 2006

AFA Sues Michigan State To Block Same-Sex Benefits

The American Family Association, relying on a 2004 amendment to Michigan's Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman, is suing Michigan State University to stop it from offering same-sex health care benefits to its employees. The Michigan gay marriage ban amendment was written broadly. It made the union between a man and a woman the only agreement recognized as a marriage "or similar union for any purpose."

A similar proposed amendment in Indiana, SJR-7, also does more than just bar the recognition of same-sex marriages. It provides that the “Constitution or any other Indiana law may not be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.” Instead of using the words "similar union for any purpose", SJR-7 adds the words "legal incidents of marriage." Opponents have argued that if it is adopted, it would nullify same-sex benefits offered by the state's public universities or any governmental body.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great news today from Georgia AND New York. Apparently, there is SOME sanity in this world - even in crazy New York!

Jay said...

"anonymous": So you're ok with the ever-growing divorce rate among opposite sex couples, including evangelicalsl; and the millions of broken homes created annually by traditional families? I'd be more worried about those things than Ted and Steve down the street who just want to make a life with each other. But I guess that's not "sane," is it?

paula said...

Gee, Gary, I didn't know that Eric Miller actually posts here!

It takes alot of guts to come to a blog that is obviously pro-gay and do an "anonymous" victory dance about an anti-gay piece of news.

Doesn't surprise me though.