MN House Approves Health Benefits for Domestic Partners of State Employees

April 24, 2009 ( - Deep inside a state agency funding bill approved by the Minnesota House was a provision that would extend health insurance benefits to domestic partners of state employees.

The Associated Press reports the measure was narrowly passed on a 69-62 vote. The bill provides for the benefits to begin in 2012.

According to the news report, many state Republicans fear the definition of domestic partner in the legislation is loose enough that even friends of state employees could get the benefits. But, state Democrats say the benefits are a hard-fought civil right.