American Family Association Says Federal Overreach into State DOMAs Goes Against Last Week’s Ruling
Just two days after the Supreme Court
overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal judge in Michigan temporarily
blocked a state law banning public employers from providing health
care benefits for gay couples.
U.S. District Court Judge David M. Lawson
issued an injunction Friday against the law, which bans public entities such as
cities, school districts and others from giving health insurance to domestic
partners of employees, calling the law unconstitutional.
Michigan has a marriage amendment
that bans gay marriage, and decisions about same-sex marriage are supposed to
be left up to individual states. But Lawson, a federal judge, overturned the
state law with one signature.
American Family AssociationPresident, Tim Wildmon, says the
federal judge’s action has critical consequences in the effort to protect
natural marriage in America.
“This federal judge, just two days
after the SCOTUS ruling, has set a precedent for all states to overturn laws
already in existence—laws that were passed by elected representatives or state
marriage amendments that were voted on by a majority of the people,” Wildmon
said. “In addition to the demoralizing implications that this has for natural
marriage and the effects on the family in Michigan and across the U.S.,
Michigan taxpayers should be outraged that their tax dollars will now pay for
benefits for hundreds of same-sex couples who work in their state’s city
offices, schools and other departments. And they had absolutely no say in it.”
The ban on benefits for domestic partners in
Michigan, which includes unmarried opposite-sex couples, was signed into law by
Gov. Rick Snyder in December 2011. A spokesperson from Snyder’s office on
Friday said the ruling will be reviewed and a consultation with the Attorney
General’s office is underway.
DOMA, signed into law in 1996 to protect the
natural definition of marriage in the United States, took a beating last week
after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to reverse the law, making it illegal
for the federal government to withhold benefits to same-sex couples, and
perhaps paving the way for more same-sex marriages in America.
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