Michigan court denies same-sex couples benefits

Michigan's Supreme Court says same-sex partners can't get health benefits.

Here's a breakdown of the high court's recent ruling.

The court has ruled that a 2004 ban against gay marriage means state governments and universities cannot offer health insurance to the partners of gay workers.

The ruling could affect hundreds of gay couples, who have benefit policies through some Michigan universities, community colleges, school districts and area governments.

However, some employers have already re-written their policies to comply with the ban, and ensure their employees will keep getting benefits.

59 percent of voters approved the 2004 law, which says the union between a man and a woman is the only agreement recognized as a marriage.


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