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Marty Lederman at SCOTUS Blog: Last Friday, a federal district judge in Detroit issued a ruling that might cast a large shadow over a state law limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples. The case is Bassett v. Snyder. Technically speaking, the judge, David Lawson, of the Eastern District of Michigan, did not conclude that Michigan’s marriage law was unconstitutional. But that may be the practical effect of the decision, if it were to be sustained after trial and appeal.
AP: A federal judge on Friday blocked Michigan’s ban on domestic partner benefits for employees who work for public schools or local governments, saying state lawmakers simply wanted to punish gays and lesbians. U.S. District Judge David Lawson said plaintiffs who have lost benefits or were forced to buy expensive private health insurance have made a “plausible claim” that the law violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
AnnArbor.com : The Ann Arbor City Council voted unanimously Monday night in favor of a resolution directing the city administrator and city attorney to assist the civil rights group in the lawsuit filed in federal court this month after Gov. Rick Snyder signed Public Act 297 into law.
The Republic (AP): The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit claiming the constitutional rights of four same-sex couples are being violated by a new Michigan law that bars insurance for some domestic partners. | ACLU press release, complaint, and other documents