Stop Michigan lawmakers from ending domestic partner benefits!
  • Petitioned Michigan State House

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Michigan State House

Stop Michigan lawmakers from ending domestic partner benefits!

    1. Petition by

      Equality Michigan

In January, the Michigan Civil Service Commission extended health care benefits to state employees’ unmarried partners and their dependents. This was a victory for working families throughout the state.

Last week, the Michigan Senate moved to overturn this decision and revoke benefits for domestic partners. This action sets a dangerous precedent. It would for the first time in Michigan’s history reverse a decision made by the Civil Service Commission, disrupting the separation of powers that are a central tenant of our system of government.

The most successful businesses in Michigan, and across the nation, consider the extension of health benefits to household members a priority. A host of employers across our state feel strongly that the best business strategy calls for inclusive policies that protect their employees’ families by keeping them healthy.

This week, the Michigan House will take up the issue. Republican leaders are threatening to bypass a vote in order to push this resolution through. Sign our petition telling your Representative that they must allow a roll-call vote on Senate Concurrent Resolution 9 and vote NO on the resolution. Make your voice heard!



Read more about the issue at http://michiganmessenger.com/47022/senate-moves-to-rescind-domestic-partner-benefits

Join Michigan voters at a protest rally on Wednesday: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=200878236596778&ref=mf

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    • Leslie Gray OLYMPIA, WA
      • over 3 years ago
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    • Brendan D. May KALAMAZOO, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      vote NO on Senate Concurrent Resolution 9

      stop MI lawmakers from ending domestic partner benefits!

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    • julie frick ANN ARBOR, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      It is time that legislator's stand up against the hateful bills put forth to punish American people and families.

      Gays and lesbians are here to stay. It is time republicans quit using us to rally their forces for their own agendas.

      The people should not be punished for the sins and greed of the corporate interests.

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    • Heather Branton ANN ARBOR, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      It is ultimately more expensive for ALL of us Michigan residents when people do not have insurance coverage and end up in the ER! KEEP THE BENEFITS FOR DOMESTIC PARTNERS!

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    • Nancy English LANSING, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      The 2000 U.S. Census states that there are 25,316 same-sex couples in Michigan. Double that number and you get 50,632 lesbians and gay men. The average Michigan income in 2008 was $39,273.00; the average state and local taxes paid was $3,694.00. Multiply 50,632 times $3,694.00 and you get $187,034,608.00! - that is the amount in state and local taxes that lesbians and gay men (who are coupled - not single people) paid to our government in Michigan. According to Jan Winters, director of the Ofice of the State Employer, the benefit will cost Michigan $8 million the first year, maybe more later but there are other statistics that show the benefit will cost around $830,000. Lesbians and Gay men in Michigan pay hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxes to Michigan - WE SHOULD NOT BE LEFT OUT OF RECEIVING BENEFITS WE PAY FOR! How dare the government take our money to pay for benefits for heterosexual people and their children and deny us the same thing - the hypocrisy of this is truly overwhelming.

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