Podcasts & RSS Feeds
Most Active Stories
- This ballot proposal is critical to Michigan's economy, but most people won't bother to vote on it
- Don't like the water shut-offs in Detroit? Now you can pay someone's overdue water bill
- Approaching construction on the highway? Experts say the "zipper merge" can help
- Some think their immigrant ancestors were the last that should be allowed in the U.S.
- Michigan Republican Party's tactics remind me of Watergate, because both were unnecessary
Thu March 10, 2011
State Senate votes to reverse unmarried partner benefits
The Michigan Senate has voted by a super-majority to reverse a state Civil Service Commission decision that would allow unmarried state employees to claim domestic partners on their health insurance.
Earlier this year, a state employment panel approved unmarried partner benefits that would include people in same-sex relationships and their dependents.
Republican state Senator Mark Jansen says the state can’t afford it – and voters have already spoken about domestic partner benefits by refusing to recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions.
“This is about economics. This is about our budget. This is about getting Michigan back on track."
But, Democratic state Senator Rebekah Warren says rejecting domestic partner benefits would hurt children.
“Families are always stronger when health insurance is accessible to everyone in the household.”
The measure now goes to the state House, where Republicans will have to muster a two-thirds majority vote to reverse the policy. Otherwise, state employees will be able to claim unmarried partners on their benefits starting October first.