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A win for DP benefits

By |2017-01-01T09:00:00-05:00January 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman

LANSING – On April 14, the State Court of Appeals dismissed an appeal by the Thomas More Law Center in Rohde vs. Ann Arbor Public Schools, a suit originally filed in _ to force the school district to stop paying domestic partner benefits to the families of gay and lesbian couples.
The Court rejected the appeal on the grounds that the plantiffs had not met a requiement that, before filing suit, they had to notify the district’s treasurer of their intent to pursue legal action.
While the suit was dismissed on a technicality, the dismissal is a dual victory for LGBT rights in that in their dismissal the Court did not consent to the plaintiff’s demand that they decide the case in light of the passage of Proposal 2 and of a recent anti-family decision by Attorney General Mike Cox claiming that municipalities can no longer offer domestic partner benefits to public employees.

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