Senate Passes Bill That Would Deny Health Benefits To Domestic Partners Of State Workers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Senate passed a bill 27-to-8 today that would deny health benefits to the domestic partners of state employees.

The measure is a response to action by University of Louisville trustees last year allowing domestic partners of school employees to buy health coverage through the school. Those premiums are paid by the individuals, and no state funds are used.

Senate President David Williams and a Republican from Burkesville, says the bill was not meant as anti-gay, but was aimed at protecting sound insurance principles.

Senator Ernesto Scorsone, the General Assembly's only openly gay member, says the bill was anti-gay, but he raised other objections. He says it is so narrowly written that a state employee couldn't add an aging parent or a grandchild to his or her health plan.

The bill now goes to the House.

The legislation is Senate Bill 152.

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