Press Room

December 02, 2004

Category: Domestic Partners

HRC Denounces Michigan Health Care Denial

'The people of Michigan did not vote to take health care away from their neighbors,' said HRC National Field Director Seth Kilbourn.

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign denounced the decision to strip domestic partner benefits from state workers' contracts in Michigan due to the passage of Proposal 2, a discriminatory amendment to the state constitution that denies marriage to same-sex couples.

"The people of Michigan did not vote to take health care away from their neighbors," said HRC National Field Director Seth Kilbourn. "We're deeply disappointed about this decision. This is a dangerous move for thousands of families who are working just as hard as their co-workers but receiving no health insurance for their families. Michiganders support protections for their neighbors, including same-sex couples. We urge the governor's office to reconsider."

According to The Associated Press, Gov. Jennifer Granholm's office will strip the domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples out of the negotiated contracts due to the passage of this amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman and banning "similar unions for any purpose."

"The voters did not intend to take health insurance away from Michigan families," said Jeffrey Montgomery, executive director of Triangle Foundation. "It's unfair to the people of Michigan to enforce a discriminatory policy that they never approved."

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.