Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-05-27
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  TODAY'S BUZZ

Domestic Partnership benefits bill introduced
From a White House news release, posted Nov. 18, 2011
2011-11-18

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Congresswomen Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) today introduced the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2011. The bill would put the federal government on par with a majority of Fortune 500 companies by extending employee benefit programs to cover the domestic partners of federal employees to the same extent as those benefits cover spouses of federal employees. Similar legislation in the Senate was introduced today by Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME).

"The federal government must set an example as an equal opportunity employer," said Congresswoman Baldwin. "If we are to treat all federal employees fairly and recruit the best and the brightest to serve in government, we need this legislation," she said.

"I am pleased to co-sponsor this legislation because we are a nation that prides itself on treating everyone as equals and this bill assures that we bring those same ideals to the regulations that guide federal benefits for domestic partners of federal employees," said Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen. "We have taken steps to gain equal rights for all but much remains to be done. Passage of this legislation will be one step in the right direction. I am pleased that the Senate has also introduced a similar bill," she said.

Nearly 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies now offer health benefits to employees' domestic partners, up from just 25 percent in 2000. More than 8,000 private-sector companies make such benefits available to employees' domestic partners, as do the governments of 18 states and at least 150 cities and towns from Juneau, Alaska to Atlanta, Georgia, and from Portland, Maine to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Under the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2011, a federal employee and same-sex domestic partner, who are not related by blood and are living together in a committed intimate relationship, would be eligible to participate in federal retirement, life insurance, health, workers' compensation, and Family and Medical Leave benefits to the same extent as married employees and their spouses. Such employees and their domestic partners would likewise assume the same obligations as those that apply to married employees and their spouses, such as anti-nepotism rules and financial disclosure requirements.

A broad coalition of organizations and federal employee groups supports this legislation: 9to5, Natl Assn of Working Women, A Better Balance: The Work & Family Legal Center, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Family Equality Council, Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA), Human Rights Campaign, Immigration Equality Action Fund, The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), AFL-CIO, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Log Cabin Republicans, National Coalition for LGBT Health, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), and People for the American Way.


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

COVID-19 Lightfoot, CDPH bolster contact-tracing efforts 2020-05-26
Lambda Legal holding HIV/COVID-19 event June 4 2020-05-26
Driver-service facilities to expand hours June 1 2020-05-25
Costa Rica celebrates marriage equality 2020-05-25
U.S. Supreme Court backs Idaho trans woman's reassignment surgery 2020-05-22
Lawsuit urges speedy release of prisoners 2020-05-21
Former Gov. Blagojevich officially disbarred 2020-05-19
Preckwinkle releasing social-distancing photos 2020-05-18
VIEWS LGBTQ discrimination is a disgrace 2020-05-18
WORLD Violence in Mexico, rainbow drawings, youth survey, Israeli Pride events 2020-05-18
Tinley Park asked to support LGBTQ rights in Polish sister city 2020-05-15
Wis. Supreme Court strikes down state's stay-at-home order 2020-05-13
OP-ED: Census 2020 is complicated for LGBTQ people, but it counts 2020-05-13
Trans-rights advocate Aimee Stephens dies 2020-05-12
NATIONAL Early release, Zara settlement, arrests in Puerto Rico, D.C. gay bars close 2020-05-12
COVID-19 Lightfoot unveils five-phase plan for reopening Chicago 2020-05-09
COVID-19 Forum explores virus' impact on the disenfranchised 2020-05-08
NCLR denounces Dept. of Education rule making LGBTQ students less safe at school 2020-05-06
COVID-19 Lightfoot, CDPH, unions come together regarding surge in Latinx cases 2020-05-06
Survey: One in four LGBT Colombians have attempted suicide 2020-05-06
COVID-19 Pritzker announces 'Restore Illinois,' a five-phase plan 2020-05-05
WORLD Turkish president, Honduras killing, Pope Benedict, Tom of Finland 2020-05-04
NATIONAL Lawsuit against ICE, election items, Rufus Gifford, Puerto Rico killings 2020-05-04
Masks made for Cook County jail not distributed 2020-04-29
Supreme Court decisions in Title VII cases will impact millions 2020-04-29
Morrison, Asian group launch census PSAs 2020-04-29
WORLD China couple, Finland adoption, Pride masks, Morocco influencer 2020-04-29
NATIONAL Colorado governor, Texas judge, trans woman killed, Indiana, festivals 2020-04-28
COVID-19 Details of Pritzker's extension of stay-at-home order 2020-04-27
Ruling blocks Illinois stay-at-home order 2020-04-27
Federal court orders social distancing at Cook County jail 2020-04-27
Report: Trump aiming to remove protections for LGBTQ patients 2020-04-25
Judge tosses Smollett prosecution lawsuit 2020-04-23
COVID-19 Gov. Pritzker extends stay-at-home order through May 2020-04-23
"Something to Talk About Live!" to discuss religious exemptions in support of discrimination 2020-04-22
Chicago Lawyers' Committee offers free COVID-19 legal clinic for small business, nonprofits 2020-04-22
Online seminar for families of transgender individuals May 3 2020-04-22
LGBTQ+, allied groups issue second open letter on Covid-19 discrimination 2020-04-21
WORLD HIV+ Ugandan men, employment lawsuit, Chilean rejection 2020-04-20
COVID-19 New York City Pride cancelled 2020-04-20
 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Submit an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.