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Health-care benefits would be offered to the domestic partners of Indianapolis city workers under a proposal introduced Monday night to the City-County Council.

As IBJ reported May 25, the proposal would offer insurance coverage to both same-sex and heterosexual unmarried couples.

The proposal, filed by City-County Councilor Angela Mansfield, a Democrat, was formally introduced and assigned to a committee Monday. A city consultant estimated that fewer than 30 of nearly 7,500 eligible workers would apply for the coverage.

Councilman Zach Adamson, a Democrat, told WTHR-TV the proposal would help in recruiting and retaining a quality work force.

Some council members are concerned about the additional cost.

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  • Simple
    If you want to provide marriage benefits to same sex partners, then change the Indiana marriage law that currently outlaws recognition.

    If you cant get that done, then quit expecting marriage rights.
  • Ummm
    "This proposal is an attempt to recognize all three types of "marriages" that are specifically not recognized in Indiana."

    Nah. I'm pretty this is just a basic bare-bones fairness thing. Two (say) female coworkers (Americans, taxpayers, etc) can have the exact same job, but one can (as of now) be denied a significant benefit that the other isn't denied, essentially just because the gender of their partner is different.

    PS: Gay couples would still be, if this passed, barred from marriage recognition in Indiana.
    • Read
      See You in Court,

      I said you can be fired IN the state of Indiana, not BY the state of Indiana for being gay.
    • Defense of Marriage Act
      You can not be fired by the State of Indiana just for being gay.

      As you know, Indiana and the city of Indianapolis do not recognize domestic partnerships benefits for homosexuals, polygamists, or unmarried couples.

      "The State of Indiana policy is to provide a work environment free from sexual harassment and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation or gender identity, or physical or mental disability."

      http://www.in.gov/spd/2330.htm
    • Silly But True Example
      Here is a silly but true example......someone can be fired in the state of Indiana just because of the sexual orientation......Seriously, why do some people try to make the case against other people's rights with ridiculous and far reaching "examples".....How about we just allow gay people to marry...then all of these ridiculous examples of "potential" fraud can be laid to rest....
      • Silly But True Examples
        A single heterosexual/homosexual city employee could signs a "domestic partnership" agreement with their unemployed roommate to gain city benefits in exchange for their share of the rent, even though they are dating other people.(Who's going to check? There is no penalty)

        A unmarried city employee has three children, each with a different father, and signs a three "domestic partnership agreements" to gain benefits for each partner since they can provide the required documents to the HR Department. (It fits all the criteria for city benefits)

        A city employee has a moonlighting job (Many police/firemen do this) so they can claim two different domestic partners for benefits at each job. So the policeman/fireman claims the girlfriend on city plan and wife on another plan) There is no central database, like marriage licenses at the county clerks office to catch fraud)
      • See You In Court
        IndyTodd,

        Indiana law specifically outlaws same sex marriage, polygamist marriage (multiple partners), & common law marriage (unmarried couple palimony).

        This proposal is an attempt to recognize all three types of "marriages" that are specifically not recognized in Indiana.
        • Clarification4Jeb
          If you are white, straight, have a job and male - you are also eligible for these benefits. You already can get them for your wife if you are married. If you are not married - but in a relationship - with approval of this proposal, you will be able to get them for your partner as well. The problem is that in Indiana, same sex couples aren't allowed to get married. Then they were told that only married couples can get these benefits. Its a catch 22. Straight, unmarried couples have no excuses. They could get married if they wanted to. This at least makes it fair for same sex partners who now can have their long term relationship recognized and can receive insurance benefits for their partner - if the partner does not already have access to other insurance. This is the same way the deal currently works for married couples. If the spouse has access to insurance coverage through their own work - they also are not eligible to receive insurance through their spouse's insurance at the City of Indianapolis.
        • Wow
          Oh yea, now I am a "hater" because I said something about this...now I am screwed even more!!
        • Wow
          Hey, if you are single and living on your own and have no health insurance...move in with someone that does, and you can get insured!! You can even do it on the tax payers dime if you choose the right roomate, especially if it is the same sex. This state and our country wants to award everyone unless you are white, straight, have a job, and male...then you are screwed!! That is just AWESOME!!

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