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Mich. governor asks judge to uphold ban on partner benefits for gay couples

Monday, February 17, 2014

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder wants a federal judge to continue Michigan’s ban on domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples who work for state and local governments.

Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)

Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)

A motion filed Friday asks U.S. District Judge David Lawson to rule for the state in a lawsuit filed by five same-sex couples.

Lawson issued a preliminary injunction in June prohibiting the state from enforcing Public Act 297. Lawson said the plaintiffs had a good chance of proving at trial the law violates the equal protection guarantee of the U.S. Constitution.

Snyder’s summary judgment motion was filed by Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office on the Republican governor’s behalf. MLive.com reports ( ) it reiterates the fiscal responsibility argument Lawson seemed to reject when granting the injunction.

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  1. Hateful

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:14am
  2. Bigot

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:14am
  3. what???

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:59am
  4. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bigot

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 6:36am
  5. Walter a bigot means someone is prejudicial in this case it is like racism but against homosexuals. Make sense now?

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11:41am
  6. you mean jerk

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 2:27pm
  7. I am so ashamed that this is my governor. Shame on you Snyder.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:15am
  8. why

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:59am
  9. same here -_- wanna come with me to canada?

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:09am
  10. @Walter...um, because he is clearly denying rights to a certain group of people.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:32am
  11. my governor too, what a dick

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:37am
  12. WHens he up for re-election?

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 6:10am
  13. This November...

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 6:10am
  14. Yeah, I’m ready for Mark Schauer. I can’t stand Snyder.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:15am
  15. The desperation is real!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:15am
  16. we need to get biggots and closet cases out of power

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:15am
  17. I really hate that man, and im lucky to have him as my governor, saying that sarcastically. He’s a douche bag

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:16am
  18. Wrong in every way!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:17am
  19. It’s pathetic that I have to live in a state represented by this bigot.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:17am
  20. Everyone needs to vote.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:17am
  21. Boo hiss! Your auto industry is already hurting now you want to hurt it like this again? Poor form Mr Governor!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:18am
  22. Wth? Dinosaur.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:18am
  23. Fuck this SICK CLOSET FAG ASSHOLE …He’s impeding my ability to move back to Michigan, my home state!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:18am
  24. Florida temp wise is great...political wise is murky,....but MI, and WI ...are HATE STATES from the Governor on down, ...time to do something about it!!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:23am
  25. nic profile pic

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:38am
  26. Thank You.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 6:35am
  27. So everyone go marry someone of opposite sex with 10 kids and see how he likes that. lol Jerk.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:18am
  28. Our taxes pay for those benefits. Want to withhold them? Okay. Then the LGBT community should be tax exempt. Why pay for benefits we cannot use?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:18am
  29. How about banning his salary?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:18am
  30. When he ran Gateway Computers he did not seem like a jerk. Sure does now.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:19am
  31. Another reason to dislike Snyder, Shelly Sute

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:19am
  32. I support a ban on anything that bans gay rights (as in I support gays having rights like every1 else)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:19am
  33. Isn’t he special :)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:20am
  34. What a self hating , gay. That’s too bad, Michigan is great, well most of it is. Detroit sux!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:20am
  35. Boo! Michigan you disappoint me. Sad to call you home for once

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:21am
  36. Hey, it’s Michigan’s stab-you-in-the-back kid!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:22am
  37. Bigotry uber fallus. Resign Gov!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:22am
  38. What’s to like – I am ashamed to admit I was born in Lansing!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:23am
  39. Die of cancer of the face!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:23am
  40. This is absolute bullshit. Hopefully we will finally vote him out this year.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:25am
  41. screw snyder! i can’t wait to vote him out in November.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:25am
  42. What an Idiot!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:26am
  43. I agree Holli Evans. Guess who will not be getting my vote (again) this fall?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:28am
  44. What is wrong with him? Jeezus.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:29am
  45. Bull! Not acceptable!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:29am
  46. why the fuck does he care it’s not like it affects him and his fucking taxes what a fucking cunt

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:30am
  47. Asshole!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:30am
  48. Don’t give benefits to straight couples!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:31am
  49. The right has lost their mind. They only had one and it seems to be broken. Hey come to Texas where our next GOPer for Governor is going to be on stage with the one and only Ted Nudgent. Abbott claims to be a man of God. LOL

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:34am
  50. Nothing says “family values” like denying families healthcare benefits!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:37am
  51. Well, it could be worse, like living in Anchorage where our mayor overturns the city councils referendum that gays have equal rights when it comes to not being fired from their jobs, or refused housing. So then these basic rights are put to a vote and is soundly defeated by the general public. I love living in Alaska but its a good example how politics can be drastically different in each state.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:42am
  52. This guy is a disgrace .

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:43am
  53. Not going to happen, fucktard.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:47am
  54. Do they not see the future, yet?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:50am
  55. I like Michigan for its scenery up north, but everything else is a no. I was proud to live in such a beautiful state, now… Not so much. What really bothered me was bill Shute backed him up, my mom went to school with him, we know him and his family. WE SOLD PROPERTY TO HIS FAMILY AND THAT PROPERTY IS LIKE 4 HOUSES DOWN FROM MINE, SHAME, shaaamee…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:53am
  56. We will see if you are still smiling Mr Snyder after you lose in November. I have never seen a Governor so out of touch with the people of this great state!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:54am
  57. why do ugly people want to ruin the lives of others??

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:57am
  58. Time for little ricky to pack his toys and go home.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:00am
  59. Another GOPer follower of the Koch Bros. CULT!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:05am
  60. $20 says he’s in the closet….deep deep in the closet…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:07am
  61. Another POS GOP dinosaur!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:08am
  62. BOOOOOO!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:09am
  63. Most people who fight against equal rights have something to hide

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:09am
  64. I am not related to bill

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:14am
  65. I hate my state right now. My wife and I go married in New York but live here in Michigan. We plan on moving.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:20am
  66. Rat bastard!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:24am
  67. Ahhhhh…. Looser!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:24am
  68. You’re about as useful as used toilet paper! All you governors that have assisted in the destruction of the middle are going down come November

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:25am
  69. Just another reason I should change my tax paying and residency to IL. F(_)¢& you Snyder.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:25am
  70. hypocrites ,, every one of them!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:27am
  71. An idiot and a governor. Shame on those of you who put this homophobic man in office

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:28am
  72. Well guess what loser, you and the rest of you bigots are slowly losing the battle so HA!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:32am
  73. For the record, I did NOT vote for this, this, oh whatever the blazes he is! Humiliating!!!!!! >:-(

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:35am
  74. This jerk has to go.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:39am
  75. What a mean spirited person. A bigot through and through.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:43am
  76. Americans ask same judge to file charges of sedition and treason against MI ‘s governor.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:43am
  77. I have never, in my lifetime, seen so many people spending so much time, effort, money and energy fighting against something that in the end they cannot hope to beat. At what point does the light of intelligence and common sense come on for these people? At what point do they realize that they are fighting a losing battle? At what point do the people they represent say, “that’s enough already, we’ve got homeless people in our streets and children going hungry let’s focus on bigger more important issues”? At what point do they look back on the history of this country and come to the realization that the war (and let’s call a spade a spade, this is a war the religious right vs the homosexual community because they believe a certain way and believe EVERYONE should have the same belief, that’s called oppression) finally end with these people understanding, finally, that is not THEIR place, or right to tell ANY OTHER GROUP OF PEOPLE HOW THEY CAN OR CANNOT LIVE, nor is it their place to dictate the rights of ANY GROUP OF PEOPLE because they don’t like their particular lifestyle choices? America is the LAND OF THE FREE, freedom FOR ALL OR NONE. We as Americans do not get to pick and choose and those that think they do SHOULD NOT BE IN ANY PUBLIC OFFICE. They represent ALL OF THE PEOPLE in the districts, counties, cities and states they represent if they can’t get that through their thick fuckin skull tar and feather their collective asses and be done with it. WE THE PEOPLE are the one’s who have to stop this nonsense, they won’t do it themselves.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:49am
  78. What’s his definition of fairness?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:53am
  79. he must feel really insignificant to be such an idiot

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:58am
  80. Give Snyder the boot

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 5:12am
  81. What a POS

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 5:18am
  82. Sleaze

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 5:26am
  83. Screw this bigot and the pony he’s porking.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 5:27am
  84. Another asshole.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 5:43am
  85. people from michigan are the most double moral …..

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 5:49am
  86. A*hole… This will finish any presitential hopes he may have

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 6:00am
  87. More amphibian shit.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 6:24am
  88. Bigot say what?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 6:27am
  89. Michigan you’re not on the right side of history and certainly not the right side of six

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 6:40am
  90. I still don’t see the point of this fault… My idea was that they just… throw ALL of this out and let people freely choose who their life partner is and the nature of that relationship. They already want me to count my roommate as part of my household for HEALTH INSURANCE, so what the hell if the rest of our socioeconomic statuses are tied together?

    Someone countered that with… hell, I don’t even remember what. Maybe it’s flawed as hell but it’d certainly be an improvement.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 6:52am
  91. Should he be worrying about Detroit instead of this??

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 7:00am
  92. American Redneck Politicians love piecemeal gay hate.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 7:17am
  93. Die u ass hole

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 7:20am
  94. Me thinks he is an ass.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 7:20am
  95. What a bigot. Asshole

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 9:17am
  96. This guy is a real piece of shit!! SO thankful I do not live in Michigan anymore!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 9:36am
  97. 2016 is coming, fall 2014 almost here. 2018…. Just a matter of time for history to make another huge leap toward the arc of justice and equality.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 9:39am
  98. bigots and terriost must go….

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10:02am
  99. Of course he did. The last time a Republican was on the right side of history was Abe Lincoln, and he was assassinated for it. Grow a pair Republicans.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10:13am
  100. What an asshole. Vote his ass OUT.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11:30am
  101. Homophobes cannot fix a dying economy so they blame gays ! So stupid how people vote for morons is beyond logic!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11:34am
  102. lose the hate, Michigan

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11:46am
  103. What an idiot.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:06pm
  104. Impeach the Governor!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:41pm
  105. BIGOT!!!! Disrespectful awful excuse for a person in power

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:47pm
  106. Snyder you are a bigot as well as a nerd, stay out of social issues, fix Michigans financial problems.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:58pm
  107. Smh

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:05pm
  108. Snyder should reign in his rabid lap dog. “Snyder’s summary judgment motion was filed by Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office on the Republican governor’s behalf.”

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:18pm
  109. NAZI

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:21pm
  110. Asshole

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:25pm
  111. FUCK YOU, SNYDER! Wave bye-bye this fall, your approval rating is in the 30s…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:44pm
  112. sick and incoherent !

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 2:05pm
  113. Quite simply put, these people holding governmental or political positions are simply looked upon as “Political Terrorists” & most people within the religious sector of things are simply “Religious Terrorists”….We dont tolerate any form of terrorism I thought and in the new way of upbringing and raising of children we are trying to discourage bullying of any kind. So now explain to me what both of these two areas both politically and religiously are teaching or proving to anyone…that terrorism and bullying is ok??…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 2:15pm
  114. He need be worried about people jobs

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 2:28pm
  115. Snyder sucks and will lose his job in the next round of elections.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:07pm
  116. There will be marriage equality at the federal level soon.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:08pm
  117. He’s an A$$HAT!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:11pm
  118. the Michigan governor: not an American, for he is too filled with Hate to be an American…….he is……a Right Wing Christian Republican, like, Cantor, Rubio, Ryan, Boehner, Perry, Christie, and…and…and…other Republican men and women in Congress and in the Senate and…and…and…in the governorship of other states…they are, sadly, attempting to usurp the United States of America so they can amend the Constitution of the United States of America to make America like the Nazi Movement within Germany of WWII, where they had the intelligence to discover the Pink Triangle, sewed it onto the clothing of Gay Men, shot them, then threw their bodies into the ovens…………WELCOME TO AMERICA…and…and…and…WELCOME TO MICHIGAN…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:12pm
  119. Can’t wait til he gets voted out in the fall. He’s such a disgusting human being.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:45pm
  120. Stop electing bigots!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:48pm
  121. Unfortunately we knew not his prejudice when we elected him in. So many of us who did vote him in certainly learned from our mistake and it will not happen again!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:11pm
  122. A S S H O L E.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:51pm