Plaintiff in Benefits Case Talks About What Judge's Ruling Means

By: News 10
By: News 10
Doak Bloss says he feels like he and his partner belong in Michigan again.

(AP Photo/J. David Ake)

"We felt like we didn't belong in this state any more."

He's proud of his county and he's proud of his country. We're talking about Doak Bloss, one of ten people who sued over a state law banning domestic partner benefits for public employees.

Today a federal judge issued an injunction blocking the state from enforcing it until a final ruling is made. Bloss works for Ingham County and his partner was covered under his health insurance before the law was passed in December of 2011.

"The monetary issue is one thing, but the big thing is that we felt like we didn't belong in this state any more. We were considering moving as a lot of talented people are considering moving. If a state like Michigan does not allow, does not consider gay people to be legitimate couples in the state, and this means that we may be able to stay here."

In his ruling the judge wrote the law was quote "motivated by animus against gay men and lesbians". He also said it was based in part on the US Supreme Court's ruling that married same-sex couples are entitled to federal benefits.

We'll let you know when the judge decides if the state law is constitutional or not.


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