For Immediate Release
October 17, 2006
Contact: Martin Cothran
Family group supports legislation prohibiting domestic partner benefits introduced today
LEXINGTON, KY.—The Family Foundation of Kentucky said today that it was in full support of a bill designed to prohibit health care benefits for live in sexual partners of state university employees. The bill was prefiled today by Rep. Stan Lee (R-Lexington). “The leadership at UK and U of L needs to know how taxpayers stand on the idea of using their money to provide benefits for same sex and opposite sex partners of university employees,” said Martin Cothran, senior policy analyst for The Family Foundation of Kentucky.
The legislation comes in the wake of plans at the University of Louisville to implement a domestic partner benefit plan as well as the announcement by the University of Kentucky that it is looking into implementing a similar program.
“We need our taxpayer funded institutions to support marriage, not undermine it,” said Cothran. “Parents who are looking at colleges for their children are going to start looking elsewhere if our state universities continue to undermine the values of Kentucky taxpayers.”
Cothran also criticized the universities’ priorities. “Why are these schools looking to spend taxpayer resources on their employees’ live-in sex partners when there are other issues, such as an explosion in class size, that need to be addressed?”