Statute[ edit ] In June , the Michigan House of Representatives voted to ban same-sex marriage in the state, while the Michigan State Senate voted in favor of the ban. Also in June, the Michigan House also approved, in a vote, a bill banning recognition of out of state-same-sex marriages. The Michigan Senate also approved this bill. Michigan Proposal In , voters approved a constitutional amendment, Michigan Proposal , that banned same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state.
It passed with The Michigan Supreme Court later ruled that public employers in Michigan could not grant domestic partnership benefits given the restrictions imposed by the amendment.
Snyder[ edit ] Main article: Snyder On January 23, , a lesbian couple filed a lawsuit, DeBoer v. Snyder, in federal district court , challenging the state's ban on adoption by same-sex couples seeking to jointly adopt their children. In August , Judge Bernard A.
Friedman invited the couple to amend their suit to challenge the state's ban on same-sex marriage, "the underlying issue". Supreme Court, United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. On March 21, he ruled for the plaintiffs, ending Michigan's denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Federal Government recognizes the validity of the same-sex marriages licensed on March Hodges and decided along with several other Sixth Circuit court cases related to the legality of state bans on same-sex marriage.
On June 26, , the United States Supreme Court handed down a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs and legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country. Snyder that found Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith ruled that the state must recognize those marriages, but stayed implementation of his ruling for 21 days. Snyder, against Michigan, stating that the state's ban of same-sex marriage and polygamy violates the Free Exercise and Equal Protection Clause of the U.
It did not apply to workers whose benefits are established by the Michigan Civil Service Commission. On December 7, , the Michigan State Senate, in a vote, approved of the bill. On December 22, , Governor Rick Snyder signed the legislation. On June 28, , U. District Judge David M. Lawson issued a preliminary injunction blocking the state from enforcing its law banning local governments and school districts from offering health benefits to their employees' domestic partners.
But that can never be a legitimate governmental purpose". He rejected the state's arguments that "fiscal responsibility" was the law's rationale. City offers domestic partner benefits County-wide partner benefits through domestic partnership County or city does not offer domestic partner benefits While there are no statewide recognition, these local governments recognize domestic partnerships: Cities City of Ann Arbor: Both opposite- and same-sex couples.
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