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Michigan: Supreme Court rules against anti-gay challenge to partner benefits

A smackdown (albeit temporary) for the bible-beaters. They were up in arms over the Ann Arbor Public Schools, which offers partner benefits to employees.

The state appeals court dismissed the case in 2005 and ruled the taxpayers didn’t “demand” that the district stop providing the benefits to gay partners before filing suit, as required under state law. They had sent letters to school board members asking them to stop the policy.

The high court’s majority said the taxpayers did enough to challenge the policy but still ruled the plaintiffs lacked standing, or the right to sue.

The broader issue of same-sex benefits stems from a 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment making the union between a man and a woman the only agreement recognized as a marriage “or similar union for any purpose.”

The Supreme Court will hold oral arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex benefits in the next term.

Hat tip, Sean Kosofsky

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