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.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 4, 2011 at 10:55 AM
    It is pathetic that it was removed by the democrats in the past elections. They were becoming the party of the extremist like obama and granholm. The republican party are business people who want to get people back to work and not pay for every service under the sun. If obamacare can trump this, then federal law will supercede anything the state does.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2011 at 05:51 AM
    Good luck on that , when the man sitting in the White House just announced that they will not do one thing to defend the DOMA..and that it is suddenly now unconstitutional, when all through his campaign, he duped Citizens into thinking he was something, that he really wasnt. Our constitution and laws need to be upheld, and barack isnt a one man show. HE just messed with our laws and constitution and is thumbing his nose on all the states who voted Down Gay marriage. The fight is just starting , once he gets it through his head, he doesnt make the rules or laws. There are procedures in place that handle this, and he just bypassed everything and the voters will.
  • by Mary Anne Location: Jackson on Mar 3, 2011 at 12:03 AM
    Not only is the decision to give health and life benefits to unmarried partners expensive, it is also illegal. It goes against the Marriage Protection Act that was passed by the federal government and reaffirmed by the State of Michigan! It spits in the eye of these laws and brings to light the illegal actions of the current federal administration and the audacity of Michigan liberals to confirm such an outrageous statement by the judical arm of the presidency.
  • by concerned MI citizen on Mar 2, 2011 at 09:00 PM
    I think it's a great idea. Hopefully the gov't realizes it's not only a ridiculous waste of money that the state can't afford but an un Godly sin won't bring favor upon our state
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