Berea becomes 3rd Kentucky city to offer domestic-partner benefits

bestep@herald-leader.comFebruary 21, 2013 

Debbonnaire Kovas , left and Bhana Dever held close to the American Flag as Bereans for Fairness held a rally and marched to city hall to face the Berea City Council as they voted on the proposed ordinance to create a human rights commission in September 2011. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff

Berea has become the third city in Kentucky to extend domestic-partner benefits to employees, an advocacy group said Thursday in a news release.

Berea Mayor Steve Connelly issued an executive order Feb. 14 to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender city employees in the city's non-discrimination policy, barring discrimination in hiring, firing and benefits based on an employee's sexual orientation.

That order also made city employees eligible for domestic-partner benefits. Couples are eligible if they have shared the same residence for at least 12 months and are financially interdependent, according to the news release.

Louisville and Covington are the other cities that allow domestic-partner benefits, the Fairness Coalition said.

A local commission also has studied the of banning discrimination in employment and housing based on sexual orientation throughout the city.

The Fairness Coalition advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Kentucky residents.

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