Far-Reaching Consequences in Michigan
Yesterday the conservative American Family Association of Michigan filed a lawsuit to stop Michigan State University from offering domestic partner health insurance.
They say offering health benefits to partners of gay employees violates their 2004 amendment to their state constitution.
By providing same-sex benefits, MSU is "recognizing same-sex marriage in substance, if not by label," [Attorney Patrick] Gillen said.It’s no secret that Wisconsin’s ban is crafted in such a way that if passed, existing legal protections between gay couples—like domestic partner health care plans—could be taken away.
Several public and private employers in Wisconsin currently offer DP benefits, but the University of Wisconsin does not. In fact, it is the only Big 10 school that doesn’t offer DP benefits. Should the ban pass, it is extraordinarily unlikely that the UW could ever offer them.
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