Professors upset over bill to ban partner benefits

ANN ARBOR (AP) -- Professors at the University of Michigan predict there will be resignations if state lawmakers ban health insurance for domestic partners of public employees.

Andries Coetzee tells he's already looking for a new job. He says the insurance has helped his seven-year partner, whose cancer is in remission. The linguistics professor is questioning his decision to turn down a job at New York University and choose Michigan 10 years ago.

At least seven U-M professors have signed a letter, asking Gov. Rick Snyder not to sign House Bill 4770 if passed by the Senate. The university says same-sex benefits are important for recruiting and keeping top faculty.

Rep. Dave Agema, a Republican from the Grand Rapids area, says taxpayers shouldn't have to cover the bill.

Published: Tue, Nov 1, 2011