They had been criminalized until the state's sodomy laws, which applied to both homosexuals and heterosexuals, were invalidated in 2003 by the United States Supreme Court's decision in Lawrence v. On January 23, 2012, a lesbian couple filed a lawsuit, De Boer v. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
Snyder in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, challenging the state's ban on adoption by same-sex couples in order to jointly adopt their children. Attorney General Bill Schuette filed for an emergency stay of his ruling with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Snyder in federal court in January 2012 seeking to have the state's ban on adoption by same-sex couples overturned.
In December 2012, the Michigan Court of Appeals, an intermediate-level court, ruled in Usitalo v.
It did not extend to workers whose benefits are established by the Michigan Civil Service Commission. Snyder that Michigan's restrictions on domestic partnership benefits were not related to a legitimate government purpose.
He distinguished his ruling from the Sixth Circuit's ruling in De Boer: "It is one thing to say [as in De Boer] that states may cleave to the traditional definition of marriage as a means of encouraging biologically complimentary couples to stay together and raise the offspring they produce....
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