property rights http://michiganradio.org en Ingham County trying to protect the property rights of gay couples http://michiganradio.org/post/ingham-county-trying-protect-property-rights-gay-couples <p>There’s a new effort to protect the property rights of same-sex couples in Michigan.</p><p>Currently, Michigan law only allows a spouse to inherit property in the absence of a will.&nbsp; Michigan's constitution prohibits same sex marriage.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>But Ingham County is now recognizing out-of-state marriage licenses or affidavits from gay couples. &nbsp;The county’s Register of Deeds says including the documents will help protect the property rights of same-sex couples.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 21:07:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 12777 at http://michiganradio.org Ingham County trying to protect the property rights of gay couples Beachcombers rejoice, rights affirmed along Lake Erie http://michiganradio.org/post/beachcombers-rejoice-rights-affirmed-along-lake-erie <p>The Michigan Supreme Court settled a dispute like this back in 2005, after a neighbor had sued another neighbor for walking along their beachfront property.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.courts.michigan.gov/supremecourt/clerk/Opinions-04-05-Term/126409.pdf">court ruled</a> that the right to walk along beachfront property extends up to the ordinary high water mark in Michigan. The high water mark was defined, in-part, this way by the Michigan Supreme Court:</p><p><em>&quot;The point on the bank or shore up to which the presence and action of the water is so continuous as to leave a distinct mark either by erosion, destruction or terrestrial vegetation, or other easily recognized characteristic.&quot;</em></p><p>Now, the Ohio Supreme Court has chimed in. From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that beachcombers can legally walk from the water to the &quot;natural shoreline&quot; along properties bordering Lake Erie.</p><p>The Wednesday ruling comes in a case pitting thousands of lakefront property owners against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which establishes public access rules.</p><p>In a 7-0 decision, the court reversed an appellate ruling that said property owners&#39; rights extend to the point the shore and water meet on any given day.</p><p>The high court also rejected state arguments that public access should extend to a high water mark established in 1985.</p><p>Justices define the natural shoreline as &quot;the line at which the water usually stands when free from disturbing causes.&quot;</p><p>It says its ruling reaffirms decisions dating to 1878 and state law enacted in 1917.</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 20:06:22 +0000 Mark Brush 4155 at http://michiganradio.org Beachcombers rejoice, rights affirmed along Lake Erie