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MI state employees' same-sex partners to get health benefits

The Detroit News, January 27, 2011

Gov. Rick Snyder said he was "disappointed and frustrated" after the Michigan Civil Service Commission voted Wednesday to spend millions of dollars extending health care benefits to unmarried housemates — same sex or otherwise — of state employees. The commission voted 3-1 to extend the benefits to any unrelated adult — limited to one per household — who lives with a state employee for at least a year. An unmarried opposite-sex partner is also covered by the change, which takes effect Oct. 1, as are the housemate's dependents, officials said.

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