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Couple Thought Day Might Never Happen In Michigan

For the past few years, domestic partners of public employees in our state were not entitled to health care benefits.

But Friday, Federal Judge David Lawson filed an injunction to block that ban and reinstate those benefits.

Our Nick Perreault talked with a local couple who thought this day might never happen in Michigan.

"We live in a county where they want to give us healthcare benefits, because they value us," said Doak Bloss.

Doak Bloss and his partner Gejerado have lived in Ingham county for 15 years and thought things were starting to change in 2005.

Doak works as a county employee, a position that provided healthcare benefits for Gejardo.

"The law that was passed in December of 2011 negated that and it was like a slap in the face, like Michigan doesn't' want us here," Doak Bloss said.

The couple considered moving out of state even back to Argentina, where Gejardo is originally from a country that recognizes same sex couples, but instead they did something else.

"We decided to join the lawsuit gave us a sense of power, like we could make a difference," Bloss said.

And after a year and half battle, a federal ruling sided with their efforts and said Michigan's ban on domestic benefits was unconstitutional.

"I feel vindicated, I feel elated, like something wrong has been righted," said Gejardo Ascheri.

It's one hurdle they've gotten over together, but Doak hopes this ruling helps them get over another.

"I want to be able to put a ring on my partners finger and say you are my husband and our community acknowledges that, that's what I want to do," Bloss said.

And for now, Doak and Gejardo plan on waiting for that decision right here.

"We love it here, we have great ties here, we are both very active in our communities and we would hate to leave it behind," Bloss said.



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