Many wore stickers and some held Bibles. People packed a House committee Tuesday in support of Senate Bill 152, which defines "family members" as spouses or children in a state or institution offered health insurance plan. They don't believe that domestic partner benefits, or those offered to non family members, should be allowed.
“I think the whole effort is just one more step, an increment to erode marriage to erode what the people clearly voted for in 2004,” says Morace Scott of Morgan County.
Glen Lavy of the Arizona based Alliance Defense Fund made that argument that before lawmakers in committee.
“Is not primarily for the purpose of the benefits, is primarily for the public statement it makes about domestic partnerships,” says Lavy.
The University of Louisville already offers domestic partner benefits. UK is considering it.
“This is a market issue. It's a competitive issue. The very best schools in the U.S. offer this benefit,” says U of L President Dr. James Ramsey.
Some lawmakers don't think they should be telling university boards what to do.
“If you're going to protect marriage, let's outlaw divorce,” said Rep. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington. She was referring in part to the bill she said she more or less “tongue and cheek” once filed that would ban divorce in Kentucky.
Some have taken domestic partners to mean homosexual unions, but another argument is that offering benefits to non family members is a questionable insurance policy.
“To me it's an insurance issue. It's about adverse selection. It's about whether someone can just buy into a health insurance policy because they want to buy in,” said Rep. Bob Damron, D-Nicholasville.
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