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July 2, 2013
Michigan Judge Follows SCOTUS Ruling and Blocks State’s DOMA
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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American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time.  Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association (AFA) in 1988. 

Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with over two million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry's monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio (AFR) banner. 

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