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Tim Skubick: Judge doesn't buy money excuse in case of domestic partner benefits

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LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

Imagine if you will that when the U.S. Supreme Court decided to integrate the schools, some governor got up and said, "we can't do this because it will be too expensive" and then thumbed his or nose at the constitutional rights of minority students to get an equal education.

It would have been a classic case of money trumps everything.

Last week a U.S. District Judge basically lectured the Snyder administration on the same principle as it relates to a law that prevents state and local governments and schools from providing benefits to unmarried, and in some cases, same-sex partners.

It's all about the money the governor reasoned with the gay community when he embraced the shutting off of those bennies after the Granholm appointed civil service commission authorized it.

The decision came in the midst of a $1 billion budget deficit that Snyder inherited from the aforementioned Ms. Granholm.

Cries of irresponsibility filled the Capitol as conservative Republicans, who agreed with the governor, griped about having to cut state services while live in and same sex partners got assistance from the state.

So the civil service decision was overridden by the legislature and signed by the governor which gave rise to the ACLU court case that Judge David Lawson decided.

Note that the governor refused to wade into the philosophical debate on whether granting these benefits was the moral thing to do. The CPA instead hammered away at the fiscal implications and the judge hammered back in no uncertain terms.

"The only policy issue that the defendant (the state) has identified is the desire to save money."  The only fault with that he wrote was that, "if this was true the states could effectively insulate themselves from a constitutional review…by citing budgetary concerns."

Under the Snyder administration doctrine, tossed out by the court, the constitution would take a back seat to the budget according to the judge.  

The administration says it is studying this judicial slap on the hands.

The governor's critics could ask, maybe attorney Snyder should have thought of that before he nixed the spending in the first place?

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