On Thursday, Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder, signed into law a bill that bars government employers from providing health care benefits to domestic partners of public employees.
According to the Detroit Free Press, “[The bill] was primarily aimed at ending the practice of providing benefits to same-sex couples adopted by some government agencies and most of the state’s public universities after the adoption of the one-man, one-woman marriage amendment in 2004.”
This is yet another example of the far-reaching impacts these types of constitutional amendments can have in the state. At a time when Michigan should be working to create jobs and growth, the governor has actually taken a step back in time and said, “You’re not welcome here.”
There is still some question as to whether this law will apply to university employers. While the governor has said there would not be an impact to universities, Republican lawmakers contend that the law would indeed apply to universities as well.