House passes bills to block domestic partner medical benefits

On a 64-44 vote, the House also passed HB 4770 and 4771 today that would prohibit public employers from providing domestic partner medical benefits and makes it a prohibited subject of bargaining. The bill now moves to the Senate.

In their new attempt to block offering domestic partner medical benefits, the Republicans claim they’re doing the will of Michigan voters who in 2004 defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Democrats call the bill unconstitutional and would be challenged in court. The Michigan Civil Service Commission voted to allow domestic partner benefits for some state employees which would begin in October. Republicans had tried to overturn the Commission’s decision but they couldn’t muster the two-thirds vote needed in the House.