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.