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By BTL Staff
LANSING – The interpretation of Proposal 2 hangs in the balance after a hearing Tuesday before 30th Circuit Court Judge Joyce Dragonchuk in Lansing.
At the hearing, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan asked the court to declare that the amendment passed by Michigan voters in November 2004, regarding marriage of same-sex couples, does not prohibit domestic partnership benefits offered by public employers.
The lawsuit was filed in March on behalf of National Pride at Work and 22 same-sex couples who receive health insurance from their public employers or who would have received DP benefits as part of a new state contract. This followed Governor Jennifer Granholm’s announcement in December 2004 that domestic partner benefits would be removed from a negotiated contract between the state and state employees. The benefits package included health insurance coverage for same sex partners of state employees and family medical leave.
Though Judge Dragonchuk did not issue an immediate ruling in the case she indicated the need for her to do so quickly as state contracts need to be ratified Oct. 1.
About 120 supporters rallied outside of the courtroom before the hearing. Speakers at the rally included Triangle Foundation’s Sean Kosofsky and Jeffrey Montgomery, David Hecker of the Michigan Federation of Teachers, Michigan Equality’s Chris Swope, and A.T. Miller, one of the defendants in the case.
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