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Court Weighs Domestic-Partner Benefits

Michigan Supreme
Court Weighs Domestic-Partner Benefits

The Michigan supreme court is deciding whether the state's universities and governments can offer health insurance to the partners of gay employees, according to the Associated Press. Gov. Jennifer Granholm and attorneys representing 21 gay couples argue that a constitutional amendment passed in 2004 prohibits only gay marriage -- not benefits for same-sex partners. Atty. Gen. Mike Cox, however, says the legislation forbids public employers from recognizing domestic partnerships.

The Michigan supreme court is deciding whether the state's universities and governments can offer health insurance to the partners of gay employees, according to the Associated Press.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm and attorneys representing 21 gay couples argue that a constitutional amendment passed in 2004 prohibits only same-sex marriage -- not benefits for same-sex partners. Atty. Gen. Mike Cox, however, says the legislation forbids public employers from recognizing domestic partnerships.

Republicans hold a 5-2 majority in the state's highest court.

In Michigan as many as 20 community colleges, school districts, public universities, and local governments offer benefits that cover at least 375 same-sex couples.

The court's ruling is expected by next summer. (The Advocate)

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