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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