Courts Will Likely Decided State Employee Benefits for Same-Sex Partners

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The Granholm administration's decision not to offer domestic partner benefits to same-sex couples in new labor agreements until a court rules on their legality is being applauded by some.

But others say the move is unnecessary and unfair.

GOP Representative Ken Bradstreet of Gaylord says the change means he won't have to ask Republican Attorney General Mike Cox for an opinion on whether it's legal for the state to offer same-sex domestic partner benefits.

Michigan voters last month approved a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman.

The state wants a legal opinion on whether the amendment bans same-sex domestic partner benefits before asking the Civil Service Commission to certify them.