Andries Coetzee has already started looking for a new job.
The University of Michigan linguistics professor is afraid he’s going to lose benefit allowances for his domestic partner of seven years, who is in remission after an exhausting battle with soft tissue sarcoma, a rare type of cancer.
A recurrence is an all-too-real risk, and good health care is essential, argues Coetzee, who has been with partner Gary Woodall for seven years.
But domestic partner benefits for state employees —including staff at Michigan’s 15 public universities— are in jeopardy due to a bill that seeks to save approximately $8 million a year by eliminating the benefits. House bill 4770 was approved by the Michigan House of Representatives in September in a 64-44 vote and is currently under consideration by the state senate.
Coetzee, who moved to Ann Arbor from South Africa ten years ago, said he is frustrated that rights for same sex couples in Michigan appear to be “moving in the opposite direction” of most communities. This year alone, five states have passed or enacted legislation allowing civil unions between same sex couples.
This is so blatantly discriminatory it defies belief- can you imagine a bill proposing the elimination of benefits for black people?
If you are going to single people out for savings, why target homosexuals? Target heterosexuals- that is where the real money is. If this is really about money, put up a bill proposing the elimination of all benefits for spouses and children. You’ll save tens of millions- wives and kids and pregnancies are super expensive.
But this isn’t really about money. It’s about gay-bashing. It always is with these assholes.