|The State of Michigan Bans Domestic Partnership Benefits
Florida could face similar fate
(Lansing, Michigan) The Michigan Court of Appeals today ruled that the state's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage prevents public institutions from providing benefits to same-sex partners of employees. Due to the ban, the following steps have been taken in the the State of Michigan:
Michigan's constitutional amendment defined marriage as the union between a man and a woman and as the only agreement that can be recognized as a marriage "or similar union for any purpose." "The marriage amendment's plain language prohibits public employers from recognizing same-sex unions for any purpose," the court said.
- Domestic partner benefits that had been won by state unions have been terminated.
- The University of Michigan and Wayne State University have been mandated to shut down their benefits programs to same-sex couples.
- The City of Kalamazoo has been mandated to shut down their benefits programs to same-sex couples.
This decision has serious implications for the State of Florida, which will be facing a similarly worded ban in 2008. This ban could clearly eliminate all domestic partnerships in the State of Florida.
Senate Blocks Marriage Amendment
June 29, 2006
Proponents to amend the constitution to ban same-sex marriage failed to get the 60 votes they needed to end debate and move to a vote. The results of the vote to end debate was 49-48.
If debate had ended, 67 votes would have been required to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The amendment would then have to be approved by at least 290 members of the House of Representatives and by 38 states.
A constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Florida's constitution is expected to be on the ballot in 2008. If you are interested in volunteering to defeat this ban, contact SAVE at (305) 751-7283.
Proposed Amendment Text for the U.S. Constitution
"Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman."
Proposed Amendment Text for Florida's Constitution
"Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof, shall be valid or recognized."
Click here to see how U.S. Senators voted
July 7 - New York Court of Appeals rules against allowing gays and lesbians to marry) Click here to read opinion.