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Same Sex Benefits
(2007-07-25)
(wgvu) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled
against 17 taxpayers who filed a lawsuit challenging the Ann Arbor
school district's same-sex benefits policy.
The case involved whether the taxpayers followed the proper
procedure to stop Ann Arbor Public Schools from offering benefits
to gay couples.
The high court said today that 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 banning gay marriage.
The high court, in its term starting in October, will consider
whether the ban also prohibits universities and public employers
from providing benefits to the partners of gay employees.
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