Lexington Looks Into Offering Benefits to Domestic Partners

Reported by: Mark Stitz
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Updated: 8/21/2013 7:21 pm
An Urban County Council committee in Lexington is looking into extending benefits that married couples have, such as health care, to same-sex couples who also work for the city.

The committee is expected to discuss the issue and take public comment in September.

If the committee sends a proposal to the full Urban County Council, it could be taken up as early as October, according to city officials. 

The city said it's too early in the process to talk about how much money, if any, it could cost the city.

Urban County Councilmember Steve Kay said it is estimated that 30-to-40 city employees could benefit from the changes if they happen.

Lexington would be just the 4th city in Kentucky to extend benefits to domestic partners.

Berea, Louisville, and Covington already provide benefits to same-sex couples along with the University of Kentucky, Lexmark, and Toyota to name a few.
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