Get hitched or pay up

January 19, 2009 5:01:32 AM PST
Gary Johnson has a choice.

Get hitched -- or get hit with medical bills for the birth of his daughter.

Johnson and Rebecca Witt, the mother of his daughter, live together, but they're not married.

The medical costs of the birth were covered under Michigan Medicaid.

Five years ago, Michigan lawmakers voted to waive birthing costs for a father, if he marries the child's mother.

Witt says she wants to get married, but not until they can afford a nice wedding.

Until then, Johnson says he's getting billed $3,800 by the state.