FACT Report: October 11, 2013

Why Stop With Domestic Partner Benefits? (October 3, 2013)

Some elected officials in Chattanooga and Nashville want to extend certain benefits for city employees beyond married couples to domestic partners, in other words, non-married couples who have been in a “continuous committed relationship” for some defined period of time.

The reason often given is that major cities have to compete for good employees with major businesses that offer such benefits.

But if being competitive with the private sector is the issue, then why wouldn’t a city want to increase its competitive edge – go beyond “domestic partnership” so narrowly defined and include all persons in a continuous committed relationship such as two unmarried sisters who live together?

They won’t because what advocates for domestic partnership benefits really care about is having society say their non-marital relationships are the moral equivalent of marriage. That is the real issue.

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Read more about this issue in David Fowler’s recent commentary, Why Stop With Domestic Partner Benefits