Council Again Discussing Domestic Partner Benefits For City Employees

Aug 21, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky.-- The Urban County Council is moving closer to offering domestic partner benefits for city employees.  During Tuesday’s work session Vice Mayor Linda Gorton resurrected the matter which hadn’t even been talked about for a decade.

She told her colleagues that ten years ago, with almost no discussion, Mayor Theresa Isaac inserted domestic partner benefits into her proposed budget and that many council members felt blindsided.  Council members rejected that aspect of the spending plan.

“I think the time has come for us to discuss for the first time providing domestic partner benefits to our employees who desire it…most large corporations and businesses our size, some bigger, some smaller provide this for its employees.”

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray agreed with that assessment.

“The time is right,” Gray said.  “Many also believe, including myself that it is the right thing to do as you (Gorton) said, as our best companies including Toyota and Lexmark right here in Lexington and institutions like the University of Kentucky and dozens of others I believe.”

The city has about 3,000 employees. 

It is unclear how many might be affected or how much such a move might cost.

The issue has been referred to a council committee.

Berea, Louisville, and Covington all offer city employees domestic partner and same sex benefits.