Rutledge Responds to House Overreach on Domestic Partner Benefits

Thursday, September 15, 2011

LANSING - “Today, the House voted to restrict public employers from offering health care coverage to employees’ domestic partners. This legislation is not only discriminatory, but it violates five different sections of the Michigan Constitution. No one disputes that offering health coverage to employees’ domestic partners is a growing trend among world-class businesses across the country, and internationally. It simply does not make sense to prohibit our public universities and community colleges, local units of government, school districts, and other public agencies from something that is becoming common practice in private industry. The proposal demonstrates a lack of forward-thinking, and I urge the Senate and Governor Snyder to reject the legislation.”