DETROIT — A judge has thrown out a Michigan law that bars public schools and local governments from offering benefits to same-sex partners.
Lawson says the law is based on “an irrational prejudice.”
The 2011 law was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. It prevents public schools and local governments from offering benefits to unmarried partners of employees, whether homosexual or heterosexual.
Supporters say it was aimed at saving money, not punishing gays and lesbians.
Critics say the law in practice hurts gays and lesbians almost exclusively.
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