UK To Offer Domestic Partner Benefits

The University of Kentucky's Board of Trustees expanded employee benefits Tuesday to include domestic partners.

The vote makes the school Kentucky's second public university to offer domestic partner benefits - the University of Louisville began offering them earlier this year.

Eligibility for the University of Kentucky's benefits, which will cover unmarried same-sex and opposite sex couples, will begin in July.

To qualify, those seeking the benefits must sign an affidavit and demonstrate financial interdependence.

The domestic partner benefits were part of a larger package of benefits the trustees passed during a regular meeting. University
President Lee Todd Jr. backed offering the expanded benefits package.

Todd said in a written statement that a majority of Fortune 500 companies offer some form of domestic partner benefits.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Travis Location: Lexington on Apr 25, 2007 at 01:28 PM
    This is a great decision that is more than just a "homosexual issue". I am a loyal UK employee that has a live-in fiance of 6 years, we simply cannot afford the wedding she deserves right now. Now, if she loses her job, I can provide her with health insurance. It is funny that so many people can be opposed to an establishment's policies when they do not even work or go to school there.
  • by Betty Location: Frankfort on Apr 25, 2007 at 09:08 AM
    Society is changing, but not for the best. They do need to replace the President and Trustees
  • by Mike Location: former KY now CA on Apr 25, 2007 at 08:24 AM
    The only persons who should be removed are the two bigots that voted against it. I heard the Corbin woman on the board cited her "religious" reasons. I think board members should serve the good of the university and not cite the mere little belief system. This will allow better professors to stay in place rather than leave due to so-called christians (yes small c for small minds) zealotry. It will change and US will allow same love marriage. The fools crying about "gawd" are just getting played by politicians. Remember it's been 30 years since abortions and you people got nothing for your votes and $$ donations. Stop being fooled.
  • by Ben Location: Lex on Apr 25, 2007 at 08:12 AM
    Good for UK. I find it halarious some people are still threatened by this.
  • by Disgusted Location: Lexington on Apr 25, 2007 at 08:11 AM
    Not only have they opened their minds, they've opened our wallets, since the taxpayers are subsidizing 40 percent of this nonsense through the General Fund. I really appreciate the opportunity I had to vote on how my tax dollars are wasted. Now that UK is offering these benefits, I'm sure they will surpass Harvard and the other Ivy League schools. I just feel sorry for the current faculty and staff. UK has seen the last of my moral and financial support (like they care anyway).
  • by Angie Location: Lexington on Apr 25, 2007 at 05:54 AM
    I'm happy to hear this. Society is changing. Women & men are delaying marriage and living together. Cohabitation has become increasingly common and will continue to rise. It's great to see UofL & U.K. open their minds!
  • by Anonymous Location: lexington on Apr 25, 2007 at 03:52 AM
    shouldf not be allowedf
  • by Common Sense Location: KY on Apr 24, 2007 at 08:12 PM
    This is a disgrace and I would encourage a boycott on the University Of Kentucky untill they either replace the board of trustees and the so-called President. No wonder this Country is in moral decay and getting closer to Hell each day.
  • by Trish Location: KY on Apr 24, 2007 at 07:30 PM
    Cathy, you might want to zip up your fly because your bigotry is showing. There are no "unique illnesses that come with same sex couples" that are not also spread by heterosexual people. I applaud UK for recognizing that couples in a domestic partnership are also deserving of benefits, just as a traditionally married couple is.
  • by Anonymous Location: KY on Apr 24, 2007 at 06:26 PM
    I'm unclear about part of this. Are the benefits for employees or students or both? Either way, I think this new plan is a good idea. A couple is a couple, regardless of gender or marriage. Why should someone be excluded because they haven't gotten married yet?
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