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Michigan Lawmakers Ban Domestic Partner Benefits

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Michigan lawmakers have approved a bill to ban domestic partner benefits. Wednesday republicans who control the Michigan Senate approved bills aimed at blocking the offering of taxpayer-paid health insurance to domestic partners living with some public employees.

According to State Represenative Mark Meadows Facebook page, Thursday the measure was passed, mostly along party lines, in the state House.

The legislation would prohibit some public employers from extending health benefits to unmarried partners of employees, whether they are of the same sex or opposite sex.

It would apply to public schools, local governments and some state employees. It would not apply to public universities, which have constitutional power to determine their own policies.

Republicans say the measure would save money. Opponents say public employers should be able to determine their own policies.

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