Court of Appeals upholds state worker live-in partner benefits
Michigan Civil Service Commission web1mdcs.state.mi.us
January 9, 2013 | MPRN The court said the state Civil Service Commission offers the benefits to partners in same-sex or heterosexual relationships with state employees. Progressive groups called the decision a victory for collective bargaining, the independence of the Civil Service Commission, and gay rights.
But Emily Dievendorf of Equality Michigan says she fears this legal victory will be short-lived.
“I think that we need to expect that this will be challenged further in the courts.”
And Attorney General Bill Schuette says the Michigan Supreme Court is the next stop for this case.
The state currently covers 129 unmarried couples and their families.
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