GOP Lawmakers Trying to End Same-Sex Partner Benefits

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Senate committee passes repeal, but bill has a tough road ahead.

The Michigan Capitol is shown at twilight Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, in Lansing, Mich. Lawmakers continue work on budget bills that deal with a $2.8 billion shortfall before an Oct. 1 deadline. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Republicans in the Michigan Legislature are attempting to overturn a decision to extend state-paid health insurance coverage to same-sex partners or other adults living with some state employees.
The Senate's Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee approved a resolution Wednesday that would reject the domestic partner benefits awarded in a decision earlier this year by the Michigan Civil Service Commission. The measure now goes to the Senate floor.
It would take a two-thirds vote of the Senate and the House to overturn the commission ruling.
The benefits are scheduled to begin Oct. 1 for some state employees including those represented by the United Auto Workers and the Service Employees International Union.
Opponents of extending the benefits say the state can't afford them. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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