Michigan House Votes To Ban Domestic Partner Benefits

The Republican-controlled Michigan House has voted to ban all city agencies and state-funded universities from offering domestic partner benefits. Passed under the guise of saving millions of dollars for the cash-strapped state, proponents of the legislation also insist it’s upholding the will of state residents. In 2004, a one man and one woman marriage amendment was approved by voters.

After 18 Years, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Comes To An End

For such a hotly debated subject, one that often escalated to raised voices and raw emotion, the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and acceptance of openly gay men and women into the U.S. military has seemed remarkably quiet and calm. The result is like sitting at a dinner table with feuding family members who, out of nowhere, suddenly start chatting amicably about the weather. There is an undeniable sense of relief, mixed with a twinge of lingering tension.