All government programs should comply with state law. Michigan law expressly prohibits marriage substitutes. There are other ways these individuals can get benefits and still comply with state law, without basing them on a marriage-like status.

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Rhode Island and New York don't have clear definitions of marriage in their statutes or constitutions.

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