Domestic Partner Benefits on Both Sides of the Ohio River
May 14, 2012 by Jeremy Pittman, Deputy Field Director
Earlier this month, elected officials in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Covington, Kentucky, approved domestic partner benefits for municipal employees.
The Cincinnati measure, sponsored by openly gay city councilor Chris Seelbach, passed by a vote of 8-1. The new policy will allow gay and straight city employees to add an unmarried partner and that partner’s children to the employee’s health, dental, and vision care insurance plans. Cincinnati joins the cities of Cleveland and Columbus, along with major local employers Fifth Third Bank, General Electric, Kroger, Macy’s, and Proctor & Gamble in offering benefits to domestic partners of employees.
Across the Ohio River, city commissioners in Covington, Kentucky, voted to allow municipal employees to extend insurance coverage to their domestic partners. The new policy will take effect on July 1, the same day domestic partner benefits become available to city workers in the state’s largest city of Louisville.
Domestic partner benefits are so important because lesbian and gay couples cannot marry in Ohio, Kentucky, or forty-two other states.