Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-01-11
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


  WINDY CITY TIMES

Fed judge hears challenge to Mich. DP healthcare ban
From an ACLU news release
2012-08-07

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge today to strike down a state law that bans many public entities from providing health insurance to the domestic partners of their employees. The ACLU also asked the judge to block the ban until a decision is issued.

The ACLU and Kirkland & Ellis LLP are representing five gay and lesbian public employees, as well as their long-term domestic partners who either have lost their health insurance or will lose their insurance shortly as a result of the law.

"We have no interest being in a legal battle with the state of Michigan, but standing up for the rights of our families is more important right now," said Peter Ways, an Ann Arbor teacher whose partner will lose his benefits. "This law targets gay families in a very specific way, sending the message that we don't count and that we are not wanted. The state cannot retain a high quality work force with this type of policy in place."

The lawsuit charges that the new law discriminates by forcing local employers to cancel family benefits for gay and lesbian employees in committed relationships while heterosexual employees can marry and maintain family health protections.

"The governor tried to pass this unfair statute off as a cost-cutting measure," said Kary L. Moss, executive director of the ACLU of Michigan. "Yet, this law will have no impact on state spending, but will have a huge impact on families who have lost the security of caring for their loved ones."

The law only bars domestic partners from receiving health care coverage, while allowing government employers to offer these benefits to all other family members, including parents, siblings, uncles and cousins.

"This discriminatory law serves no purpose other than to single out a small minority of people and deprive them of critical protections," said Amanda C. Goad, staff attorney with the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project. "The state is unconstitutionally interfering with the benefit plans established by city and county governments, school districts, and community colleges, and that's hurting hardworking employees and their families."

Plaintiffs in the case are Theresa Bassett and Carol Kennedy of Ann Arbor, Ways and Joe Breakey of Ann Arbor, Barbara Ramber and JoLinda Jach of Kalamazoo, Denise Miller and Michelle Johnson of Kalamazoo and Gerardo Ascheri and Doak Bloss of Lansing.

More information on this case, including profiles of clients, can be found at: www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights/bassett-et-al-v-snyder .


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Equality California urges Congress to preserve the Affordable Care Act 2017-01-13 - Washington, D.C.— Equality California has sent a letter to members of the California congressional delegation urging them not to repeal the Affordable Care ...


Gay News

Rep. Feigenholtz introduces legislation protecting abortion access 2017-01-13 - SPRINGFIELD — Earlier this week, Representative Sara Feigenholtz introduced House Bill 40, which reaffirms the State of Illinois' commitment to ensuring access to ...


Gay News

Gilead Sciences to give $22M in grants to new HIV cure research projects 2017-01-11 - Foster City, Calif., January 10, 2017 — Gilead Sciences, Inc. ( Nasdaq: GILD ) today announced the recipients of its HIV cure grants ...


Gay News

Attack on Affordable Care Act: Lambda Legal urges action to save lives 2017-01-11 - ( Washington D.C., January 11, 2017 ) — As the Senate prepares to defund the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ), Lambda Legal's ...


Gay News

Local study of injectable HIV drug launches 2017-01-11 - By Matt Simonette A new large-scale clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of a long-lasting injectable anti-HIV drug called cabotegravir is taking place ...


Gay News

Antonio King takes on new CDPH role 2017-01-11 - Antonio King, who has a background as a promoter and stage performer, said that he's used his past work with the LGBT community ...


Gay News

The Fairy Gardener 2017-01-10 - With the New Year comes a spate of gardening catalogs which I will peruse and review in this column. But first some New ...


Gay News

ACLU acts to block court order permitting health care discrimination 2017-01-10 - FORT WORTH, Texas — The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a motion to stay a nationwide court order preventing the federal government ...


Gay News

Pro-choice march for abortion rights planned for Jan. 15 2017-01-09 - Feminist activists will gather at 219 S. Dearborn at Adams on Jan. 15, 2017, at 1p.m. demonstrating commitment to defend reproductive justice, including ...


Gay News

Survey shows drug-fueled sex is prevalent with 30% of respondents 2017-01-09 - TORONTO ( January 5, 2017 ) — Popular gay hookup site Squirt.org has found chemsex, also known as Party and Play ( PNP ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.