Proposal Two Threatens Benefits Won by Unions

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Michigan's new constitutional amendment banning gay marriage could block benefits in pending contracts with five unions.

Nearly 38,000 state employees are holding ratification votes on labor contracts that include benefits for same-sex partners.

But last week's approval of Proposal Two, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, means the benefits issue may land in the courts.

The amendment won't abolish existing domestic partner benefits, but will deny new ones once it takes effect.