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Domestic partner benefits ban signed; ACLU promises lawsuit
Detroit Free Press • Jan 2, 2012
Many government employers in Michigan will be barred from providing health care benefits to the domestic partners of public employees under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday.
Snyder said the prohibition will not apply to employees of the state public universities or to state government employees.
The measure does apply to municipal and school employees, and to homosexual and heterosexual couples alike. It was primarily aimed at ending the practice of providing benefits to same-sex couples, which was adopted by a handful of cities, schools and most of the state's public universities after the adoption of the state's one-man, one-woman marriage amendment in 2004.
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