FACT Report: November 13, 2013

Is it Benefits for Equal Work or Equal Relationships? (November 13, 2013)

Do government employees in relationships with “significant others” deserve extended insurance benefits for their partners and dependents in the same way that benefits are extended to the spouse and children of a married employee?  As several cities in Tennessee debate this issue, don’t be fooled.

Those lobbying to change the benefits qualifications argue that two people doing the same job deserve the same pay and benefits, but the real issue is not equality of pay, but equality of relationships.

The benefits at issue aren’t given in the first place because of the work done, but because of the nature of the employee’s relationship with another person – their spouse.  With this in mind, it becomes clear that the real issue is whether other sexual relationships should be treated as equal to marriage

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Read more about this issue in David Fowler’s recent commentary, What My Accounting Class Taught Me About Same-sex Benefits