Rally For Domestic Partner Benefits At EKU

The debate over domestic partner benefits hits another Kentucky campus.

Events were held all day today on the Eastern Kentucky University campus in Madison County, where some students and faculty are calling for a change in policy.

They want to extend health benefits to unmarried couples, both gay and straight.

UK and the University of Louisville have already approved those benefits, and EKU students want their school to follow suit.

Four hours of picketing were followed by a Benefits for All Rally in the Ravine this afternoon.

Marta Miranda, a faculty members at EKU, says this movement is important, because EKU purports diversity. "EKU has a statement that says it promotes a diverse campus. At the same time we do not have benefits for partners who are not married, either because legally they are not allowed to marry like homosexual couples, or folks who decide not to marry because of whatever reasons," she says.

All of this that happened today sprang from a college class. The class was Minority Politics, where students studied how different minority groups are discriminated against within the justice system. One of those students says, they saw an opportunity to make a difference here locally.

Several hundred students signed a petition in favor of domestic partner benefits.

The sentiment of the faculty was established years ago.

Meg Gunderson, an EKU faculty member, says the faculty senate in 2000 unanimously passed a similar proposal. "There is not only student support, there is faculty support, there is staff support. It is time for our administration to get in line," Gunderson says.

There were no serious confrontations at EKU today with those opposing domestic partner benefits.


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  • by BenefitsForAll Location: Richmond on Dec 6, 2007 at 11:43 AM
    Not for Joey & Fred: You need to research the policy on domestic partner benefits, NOT the policy already in place. Therefore, you would see the provisions I had recently mentioned educating yourself on. These ignorant comments are of no need, since in order to get benefits at EKU you must work there. Again, educate yourself on what exactly domestic partnership benefits are and the provisions in having them, because you clearly don't understand.
  • by Straight but not narrow Location: Richmond on Dec 2, 2007 at 09:38 AM
    "A single man cannot put his girlfriend on his insurance so why should they be special?" To this I want to educate on the fact that domestic partners incude heterosexual couples as well as homosexual couples. So a man can put his girlfriend on his insurance if is employer offers domestic partnership benefits.
  • by Equal rights aren't special rights.... Location: Richmond on Dec 2, 2007 at 09:30 AM
    "BenefitsForAll - As your name implies, should EKU also offer said benefits to orphans, the homeless, the poor, and the unemployed? If so, I'm all for it. After all, fair is fair, and we MUST not discriminate" EKU does not employee orphans, homeless, and obviously, the unemployed. EKU is not offering *free* insurance - it's offering the right to put a domestic partner on your insurance. The policy holder will still have to pay the premimums and the extra fees for having their partner on their insurance.
  • by Scott Location: Lexington on Dec 2, 2007 at 08:34 AM
    God. I knew you people would have a field day with this one! I wish all you closed minded freaks would move to an island and eat each other.
  • by Equal Benefits, Equal People Location: Richmond on Dec 1, 2007 at 03:27 AM
    To those of you who support- Thank you. I am one of the students who organized the rally. Our group will continue to do work at EKU. Hopefully, we have given you hope that there will be change. I'm trying to think of a way we can contact you without the threat of hate mail or worse. Perhaps the station will help us with this.
  • by Equal Benefits, Equal People Location: Richmond on Dec 1, 2007 at 03:19 AM
    1.Money- if you had attended, you'd know that statistics from places that already offer benefits say the increase in expense was 1-2%. 2.Get to work- if you're REALLY sick, you can't work! You can sit in a hospital bed. 2.Commitment- This is not for any random people who decide to live together. This is not for a flavor of the week or month. There are strict requirements to meet. Divorce rates are at about 60%. Where's their commitment? Homosexuals cannot marry. 3.Homosexuals- I'm heterosexual. I'm not better than any homosexual people out there simply for that reason. We as a country are founded under the pricipal that all are created equal For centuries white people thought they were better than black people. For centuries men thought they were better than women. Is that acceptable today? 4.Divided/wackos- Our country has always been a two party system with minor parties. Different opinions allow for change and progression. I have a right to my opinion as do you.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Nov 30, 2007 at 07:36 PM
    BenefitsForAll - As your name implies, should EKU also offer said benefits to orphans, the homeless, the poor, and the unemployed? If so, I'm all for it. After all, fair is fair, and we MUST not discriminate.
  • by Joey Location: KY on Nov 30, 2007 at 07:14 PM
    Note for BenefitsForAll - You are right. I did educate myself in the issue of insurance and it clearly states that married heterosexual couples are the only ones eligible for insurance. Guess this case is closed...no further arguments please.
  • by Brent Location: Mt. Sterling on Nov 30, 2007 at 05:29 PM
    If EKU follows UK and U of L down this dark road of domestic partner benefits, I will withdraw my membership from the Alumni Association immediately. They need not call asking for money for their endowment.
  • by Megan Location: Irvine on Nov 30, 2007 at 04:09 PM
    Why do gays come to our campus to get schooling or work when they know that we don't want them there, I think they just want to start trouble. AND for the post from the person about that GOD must be ashamed I think you need to read your Bible. Its not hate filled its just wrong and gross. If you don't like the way things are ran at a place just stay away from the place no one ever said you or any other gay had to attened or work at EKU.

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