Cox to appeal ruling on gay benefits

by Dawson Bell
Detroit, Michigan
October 1, 2005

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said Friday he will appeal a ruling earlier this week by an Ingham County judge that OK’d health care benefits for the gay and lesbian partners of public employees.

Cox spokeswoman Allison Pierce said Michigan voters had spoken clearly when they approved the one man-one woman marriage amendment to the state constitution last year.

“We have an obligation to uphold their intent,” she said.

Ingham County Judge Joyce Draganchuk sided with a coalition of employees, unions, activists and universities that argued that health care benefits for the same-sex partners of public employees are not marriage or marriagelike benefits.

Cox had been urged to seek an appeal by some backers of the amendment and by several Republican legislators.

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