Common Council Approves Domestic Partnership Benefits

30 Mar

At the regular meeting of the City of Buffalo Common Council held today, the Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance amendment sponsored by Council Members David Rivera and Michael LoCurto establishing Domestic Partnership Benefits for city employees.

After a thorough review of the potential costs associated with the domestic partnership benefit, the Council Members voted to approve the amendment with the following stipulations:

  • Both domestic partner members are of the same sex
  • Both persons currently share or have shared a common residence for at least six months as evidenced by proofs of residency required by the City’s medical insurance provider
  • Both persons are financially interdependent as evidenced by proofs of financial interdependence required by the City’s medical insurance provider.

This legislation extends to the registered domestic partner and eligible members of the families of city employees health, medical and dental benefits, and will take effect in 30 days.

(From a Common Council Press Release)

4 Responses to “Common Council Approves Domestic Partnership Benefits”

  1. Michael March 31, 2010 at 6:27 am #

    If the “benefit” is as written, it appears to be discriminatory. Why only “same sex domestic partners?” Why not a heterosexual domestic partnership?

    • Mike in WNY March 31, 2010 at 10:07 am #

      Agreed, any policies should apply equally to everyone.  Many companies recognize domestic partners of any gender.

    • Eric Saldanha March 31, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

      Pink BFLO has a nice summary on why the legislation is restricted to City employees and only same-sex couples.

      Basically, hetero couples have the option to get married in NYS, while same-sex couples don’t. The city’s domestic partnership law would go away when (not if) the state legislature confirms same-sex couples’ rights to marriage and the associated benefits.

    • James April 1, 2010 at 10:17 am #

      My guess: so it can be challenged and overturned easily. A few people want to look good so they push through a feable bill and bang! when it doesn’t actually go into effect it’s not their fault; they tried! Well, I guess it’s better than nothing…

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