Council Committee Approves Offering Domestic Partner Benefits

Oct 1, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Domestic partner benefits for city employees was an idea up for discussion at Lexington city hall Tuesday.

Vice Mayor Linda Gorton, who chairs a fact-finding committee, told her colleagues that the perk is available to employees in at least 26 states.

"One hundred plus local governments, at least three of which in Kentucky, at least 274 public and private universities and colleges of which seven are in Kentucky.  In 88 percent of the organizations offering benefits, they comprise less than two percent of the total benefit cost," Gorton reported.

The city currently employs more than 3,000 workers and Gorton says they’re being asked to participate in a survey to determine how many might be affected and potential coverage costs.

Mayor Jim Gray told the Herald Leader recently that not offering domestic partner benefits puts the city at a disadvantage when it comes to attracting and retaining the best workers.

Following the briefing Council members voted unanimously for a draft ordinance which should be ready around the middle of November.