March 11, 2016 at 12:27 pm EST | by Staff reports
Catholic Church approves health care expansion in Mich.
Catholic Church in Michigan, gay news, Washington Blade

Sweetest Heart of Mayr Catholic Church in Detroit, Mich. (Photo by Nheyob; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

DETROIT — The Catholic Church in Michigan is making changes to its health care plan that could allow gays to get health care for their partners or spouses, the Detroit Free Press reports.

In a letter sent this week to pastors and employees of the Catholic Church in Michigan, the Michigan Catholic Conference said it is modifying its health care coverage to include legally domiciled adults (LDA), meaning those who are above 18, have lived with the employee for at least six months and are financially interdependent with the employee, the article said.

As long as the person meets those criteria, they will get health care coverage, regardless of their sexual orientation or activity, said a Michigan Catholic Conference official.

The move is being made to comply with changes in federal law, which now allows for same-sex marriage, and also to keep in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church, which opposes same-gender sexual acts and same-gender marriage. The Michigan Catholic Conference, based in Lansing, oversees the health care for Catholic employees in the state. A gay couple would not qualify under the current health insurance’s spousal coverage since the Catholic Church only defines a spouse as someone of the opposite gender, the Free Press reports.

The letters don’t mention gays or the issue of same-sex relationships, but state that the benefits will apply to anyone who meets the requirement of a legally domiciled adult, such as a friend, cousin, sibling or parent who lives with the employee, the Free Press reports.

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