The Craig Fahle Show

Snyder Wants Same-Sex Benefits Ban Upheld for Public Employees

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014







Michigan had a ban on domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples for public employees. Then in June of last year a judge issued a preliminary injunction that prohibited the state for enforcing this law. The judge argued that this law violated the equal protection guarantees under the Constitution. Now Michigan Governor Rick Snyder wants the same-sex benefits ban for public employees to continue as a cost saving measure.

Bob Sedler, Professor of Law at Wayne State University, is on the show to discuss the current and historical legal decisions in this scenario. Sedler is and on the council to the lawyers representing April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, a lesbian couple who want to adopt each other's children.

Sedler says the idea that this saves money is irrational. Click play below to hear his full quote:

The city would save more money if it didn’t pay out benefits to opposite sex couples, wouldn’t it? So that makes it kind of irrational?

Attorneys for Gov. Rick Snyder filed the motion last Friday.

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