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CITIZEN PATRIOT — Editorial: Attorney general Bill Schuette right to challenge excessive domestic partner benefits for state workers

May 13, 2011
If you haven’t already, please e-mail Attorney General Schuette to thank him for taking action to protect taxpayers from being forced by a rogue state agency to subsidize homosexual activity by state employees or the absurd arrangement accurately described by this editorial.

miag@michigan.gov

And while you’re at it, let the the Citizen Patriot know you agree with their editorial.

bwheeler@citpat.com

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“In 2004, state employee unions bargained for same-sex partner benefits for their members. That was before voters that year approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The state Civil Service Commission got around that obstacle by applying state benefits not just to homosexual partners, but to any adult who lives with a state employee. The friend who rents a room, then, could qualify.

The governor’s administration predicts domestic benefits will cost the state $8 million a year, so there’s a financial worry. Also, this commission’s ruling circumvents the law. Like it or not, voters said they did not support gay marriage or partner benefits. The state is obligated to carry out that mandate.”

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THE CITIZEN PATRIOT
Jackson, Michigan
May 13, 2011

Editorial

Attorney general Bill Schuette right to challenge
excessive domestic partner benefits for state workers

If you work for the state of Michigan and are looking for a few dollars, have we got a money-making idea for you!

Get a roommate, wait for a year, then offer to sell him or her health insurance. What’s a fair rate: $250 a month? $500? $1,000?

Oh, don’t worry, you don’t have to provide the health coverage. The state of Michigan will pick up the tab. Thanks, taxpayers!

Anyone who can appreciate the absurdity of this arrangement should be cheering on Bill Schuette. Michigan’s attorney general went to court last week to overturn a requirement that government has to cover domestic benefits for state workers.

A little history: In 2004, state employee unions bargained for same-sex partner benefits for their members. That was before voters that year approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

The state Civil Service Commission got around that obstacle by applying state benefits not just to homosexual partners, but to any adult who lives with a state employee. The friend who rents a room, then, could qualify.

Lawmakers failed to overturn this ruling because they could not get the two-thirds majority they needed by law.

Opponents argued that the state should protect gay rights. Unfortunately, that is not the issue. The governor’s administration predicts domestic benefits will cost the state $8 million a year, so there’s a financial worry. Also, this commission’s ruling circumvents the law. Like it or not, voters said they did not support gay marriage or partner benefits. The state is obligated to carry out that mandate.

The law is the law. That’s why the attorney general has to stand up for it.

http://www.mlive.com/opinion/jackson/index.ssf/2011/05/editorial_benefits_have_costs.html
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