Thursday, September 29, 2011

Green Bay Council Considers Domestic Partner Benefits

Green Bay Alderman Ned Dorff requested that the Green Bay City Council approve the same insurance benefits to registered domestic partners as are given to legally married couples. 

According to the Green Bay Press Gazette , Dorff told the members of the Personnel Committee that the city is wrong to provide such benefits to married men and women, but not to gay couples calling the current policy, “discriminatory”. 

According to the September 27, 2011 minutes from the Personnel Committee Ald. Dorff indicated that the way the benefits are set up now “doesn’t necessarily attract the best employees.” Beyond health benefits, Ald. Dorff also believes that granting additional benefits are also in order including, “bereavement, sick leave, or anything that married couples currently enjoy.”

Also pushing for this new special benefit was Alderwoman Amy Kocha who said it was “the moral thing to do.”

  The Personnel Committee voted 3-0 against granting these new benefits.  The measure now moves to the full City Council which next meets on Tuesday, October 4th.  To share your views you may contact the Green Bay City Council members here .