|Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer|
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Unintended Consequences; Maybe Not
To secure and preserve the benefits of marriage for our society and for future generations of children, the union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose.makes it pretty clear that the Supreme Court probably had little choice but to rule the way it did.
As an editorial from the Grand Rapids Press points out, the six words set out in bold obviously were put there for a purpose. Same-sex benefits: right ruling, wrong message. And now that purpose has shown itself.
The ruling should not impact private sector employers in the state who remain free to do as they wish with respect to this issue.
A hat tip to soon to be Marquette professor Paul Secunda at Workplace Prof Blog for his post, Same Sex Benefits Defeated in Michigan.