Rep. Agema seeks to cut funding for some universities

10:32 PM, May 16, 2011   |    comments
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State Rep. Dave Agema, (R)

(WZZM)- A West Michigan Representative says he wants to cut funding to universities who offer benefits to same sex or unmarried couples. 

Last week State Rep. Dave Agema introduced that amendment to the school aid budget in the State House.  He says it is illegal for college to offer healthcare to same sex or unmarried partners.

"They have decided to take themselves outside the law.  They have decided to pay benefits they are not supposed to pay and they knew it when they did it.  So as a legislator, I'm looking at them thinking you shouldn't be skirting the law, you should be obeying the law," said Rep. Agema.

The amendment, which passed in the State house, would cut funding by 5-percent from universities who offer the benefits.  That money would then go into the retirement fund for K-12 employees.  In 2004 voters decided to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

By Josh Aldredge

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