Thursday, November 10, 2005


[Michigan] Attorney General Mike Cox admitted Wednesday that he had an extra-marital affair several years ago. ...

"A number of years ago, I was unfaithful to my wife," the Republican Attorney General said with his wife Laura beside him. The couple, married for 11 years, had tears in their eyes. "We worked on our marriage day by day, week by week," Mike Cox said.

Cox said he told his wife of the affair on March 22, 2003....

--WXYZ, Detroit

That would be this Mike Cox:

Local governments and the state can't give benefits to employees' same-sex partners now that voters have approved a constitutional ban on gay marriage, the state's attorney general said Wednesday.

In the first legal interpretation of Proposal 2, Attorney General Mike Cox wrote in an opinion that Kalamazoo's policy of offering health and retirement benefits to same-sex partners violates the amendment, which passed in November.....

Proposal 2 said a union between one man and one woman "shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose."

Kalamazoo's policy gives domestic partnerships a "marriage-like" status, Cox said....

Meet a couple of people this might affect:

When Alexandra Stern took a job with the University of Michigan three years ago, a key factor in her decision was the school's domestic partnership policy, which provides health insurance to her partner, Terri Koreck.

Koreck, a cancer survivor, gave up a job and her benefits to move with Stern from California. She went back to school for a nursing degree -- knowing her medical, dental and vision costs would be covered under Stern's plan....

Recent developments in Michigan, however, have put at risk the benefits of Koreck and other gays whose partners work for cities, counties, universities and public schools.

The state attorney general issued a legal opinion last month saying government entities cannot offer same-sex benefits in future contracts because it would violate Michigan's constitutional gay marriage ban known as Proposal 2....

And note that Cox had the gall to issue his ruling despite the fact that, before the election, he wrote this about Proposal 2:

... the spokesman for the Triangle Foundation, Sean Kosofsky, called the proposed amendment "radical" and "militant" - event though it merely proposed to preserve the status quo.

Cox is now outed as a cheater? My heart bleeds. (No, not really.)

(Via DU.)

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