If you haven’t read about Michigan’s brand-new law rescinding the health benefits of state employees’ domestic partners, signed last Thursday the 22nd by Governor Rick Snyder, this article by Box Turtle Bulletin’s Timothy Kincaid is a good place to start. Kincaid points out that contrary to what the Michigan Republican Party would like to believe about itself, it is behaving in a “talibanish” way that empowers big government to force its values–in this case, religious dogma–on individuals and smaller government entities. Not to mention discouraging new businesses from relocating to the state, an ill-advised move given Michigan’s economic troubles.

The Washington Blade reports that lawsuits are on the way.