Michigan Supreme Court declines to hear live-in partner benefits case

May 3, 2013

The Michigan Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to the policy that allows live-in partners of state employees to be covered by their health coverage.

The court’s decision allows the policy to stand. 

The benefit was negotiated as part of most state employee contracts.

Attorney General Bill Schuette challenged the benefit arguing that providing insurance for live-in partners violates the state’s ban on recognition of same-sex marriage and civil unions.

Voters approved a ban on same-sex marriage in 2004.

Schuette also said the policy discriminates against married couples.

Lower courts dismissed Schuette’s lawsuit. They said the policy does not make any distinction between people in same-sex relationships and male-female relationships.

About 150 state employees currently have live-in partners and their children covered by their health plans.