Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Monday asked a federal judge to uphold the state’s ban on providing benefits to same-sex couples employed by local or state governments because it will save the state money, Michigan Live reported.
In June 2013, Judge David Lawson issued a preliminary injunction keeping the state from enforcing the ban and wrote in the order that the plaintiffs had a good chance of winning in federal court.
In the motion, Snyder’s office argues that the ban helps the state save money and does not violate the rights of government workers, according to Michigan Live.
“Public Act 297 is a logical and cohesive part of the effort to reduce costs and to address the fiscal insecurity of local governments that has increased exponentially over the past five years,” the state’s attorneys wrote in the motion. “It is not singular and does not target same-sex couples.”
Since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last year, multiple federal judges have ruled against state bans on same-sex marriage.