Michigan Lawmakers to Target Benefits for Same-Sex Partners

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A state representative said Monday he's working on a measure to oppose health benefits for gay partners of state employees that are in new contracts.

Representative Ken Bradstreet of Gaylord says he's also asking fellow Republican Attorney General Mike Cox to issue a legal opinion on the issue.

Bradstreet wants to know whether it's legal for the state to offer same-sex domestic partner benefits after Michigan voters approved a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman in the election.

It's unclear what effect, if any, a resolution would have on state employee contracts.

The new contracts for state workers have been agreed to by the state and five labor unions but not ratified by all members.