Jack Battles, the Genesee County Friend of the Court, said the law is an incentive to maintain the sanctity of marriage.(h/t Firedoglake)
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Rebecca Witt and Gary Johnson of Flint have been together for six years, share a house and are raising three kids together.
But they're not married. And Johnson now faces an awkward choice: Pay $3,800 in medical bills from the birth of his daughter with Witt or get married and owe nothing under Michigan's paternity act.
Witt, 24, said it's not about the $3,800. There's a principle involved. "I don't think anybody has a right to tell anyone who they have to marry or when they have to get married," Witt said.