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ACLU Files Lawsuit Over Domestic Partner Insurance Ban


DETROIT (WKZO) -- The ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit against the state today to overturn a new law that bans most public employers from providing health insurance for the domestic partners of their workers.

The legislation was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder in late December, and prohibits public employers from providing taxpayer-paid health insurance and other benefits to the domestic partners of public employees, regardless of whether they are straight or same-sex partners.  Proponents of the law say it saves taxpayers money; opponents say the measure is mean spirited, and will make recruitment of the best employees difficult.

The suit was filed on behalf of four same-sex couples who say the new law will "wreak havoc" on their lives, as they have medical conditions which require ongoing care.