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Domestic-partner benefits for Church employees in Michigan

March 07, 2016

The Michigan Catholic Conference has announced that it will provide health-care coverage to "legally domiciled adults" living with their employees.

The new policy, which the conference said was designed to comply with federal non-discrimination standards, will provide benefits to persons who have lived with an employee for at least six months and share financial arrangements. The policy will cover married or unmarried partners, including same-sex partners.


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  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Mar. 08, 2016 2:07 PM ET USA

    Another domino falls. How long, O Lord, how long must we suffer this great apostasy?

  • Posted by: Gregory108 - Mar. 08, 2016 9:00 AM ET USA

    And so slowly it erodes. I'm not criticizing. I can see why they did it...eventually the legal battles become tiresome, expensive and sadly, under this Administration and with this Court, unwinnable! On our US Catholic horizon still dawns the fight that Canadian Catholic hospitals are now waging over being forced to provide euthanasia and maybe eventually in the future, abortions. On Michigan's primary day, we might want to reflect on what "seamless garment" voting and teaching has gotten us.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 07, 2016 9:25 PM ET USA

    And when federal non-discrimination standards dictate that Catholic worship cannot legally discriminate between God and the gods of, say, the Hindus, will the Michigan Catholic Conference comply with that spurious ordinance of reason? In order to be valid, a law must provide for the common good. Do the federal standards provide for the common good when they promote the sins of fornication, scandal, and possibly adultery? Is there a red line that the Michigan Catholic Conference will not cross?

  • Posted by: unum - Mar. 07, 2016 6:49 PM ET USA

    And the justification for the Michigan Catholic Conference hiring "same sex partners" whose lifestyle is contrary to Church teaching is ...?