Michigan Gov. signs bill to prevent benefits for public employee domestic partner

ACLU to challenge Snyder in court

Published On: Dec 22 2011 04:03:29 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 22 2011 04:13:58 PM EST
DETROIT -

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed House Bill 4770 on Thursday which prevents a public employer from providing medical or other fringe benefits to domestic partners.

Snyder vetoed House Bill 4771, which would have amended the Public Employees Relations Act to allow for the domestic partner benefits. The governor said it would supplant language and be in conflict with an important piece of legislation in the local government reform package.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan fired back on Thursday, vowing to to challenge the "constitutionality of the law on behalf of families who will lose their health protections."

House Bill 4770 passed both the state House and Senate in September and December, respectively.