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Professors upset over bill to ban partner benefits

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:12 AM

Andries Coetzee told AnnArbor.com he’s already looking for a new job. He said 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, R-Grandville, said taxpayers shouldn’t have to cover the bill.

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