The Michigan Civil Service Commission on Wednesday voted in favor of extending health benefits to the domestic partners of gay and lesbian state workers, prompting a Republican lawmaker to call for abolition of the commission, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The commission voted 3-1 in favor of extending the benefits to more than half of the state's civil servants.

The plan was approved over the concerns of Governor Rick Snyder's administration, which argued that the state could not afford the benefits. Michigan is facing a $1.8 billion budget shortfall.

State workers will be allowed to designate one unrelated person with whom they have lived with for at least 12 months.

The program could cost the state up to $6 million.

Jan Winters, director of the Office of State Employer, urged the commission to consider the financial burden.

“There are people talking about this as if it's all about same-sex partner benefits,” she said. “It's a cost issue. … We're very concerned, because something that costs millions of dollars is something the state of Michigan cannot afford right now.”

State Representative Peter Lund, a Shelby Township Republican, called the move “political” and urged lawmakers to end the commission.

“It is an absolute abomination to hear a state agency has the gall to make such a costly and polarizing political move while people and their government are pinching pennies just to make ends meet,” Lund said in a statement. “There is no room for policies that encourage irresponsible spending in our budget for anything right now, let alone this clearly political move that shifts people's hard earned dollars into the pockets of same-sex partners.”