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Texas county benefits plan to cover workers’ same-sex partners

Thursday, February 6, 2014

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Bexar County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a provision that would allow county benefits to be extended to employees’ same-sex partners.

Bexar-County-TXThe “Plus One Qualifying Adult” policy adopted by Commissioners Court attempts to circumvent legal roadblocks that bar the county from offering benefits to workers’ domestic partners, reports the San Antonio Express-News.

Without referencing same-sex couples, the provision will allow county employees to list one other adult they are financially interdependent with on their health, vision, dental, and life insurance plans.

The measure, modeled after an approach used in the private sector and adopted last month by El Paso County, avoids the terms that have brought challenges in San Antonio and Dallas.

Attorney General Greg Abbott has said domestic partner benefit plans for LGBT couples were illegal in Texas.

County Judge Nelson Wolff said approval for coverage will depend on factors such as joint mortgages, vehicle title registration, life insurance policies, or joint bank accounts.

“I believe this steps forward, allowing two adults — regardless of their relationship with each other — to qualify for this program,” Wolff said.

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23 more reader comments:

  1. Yea….

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:47pm
  2. Just when only bad news comes from Texas

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:48pm
  3. Yep! Isn't it great?

    Replied on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:34pm
  4. this is great news

    Replied on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:36pm
  5. :)

    Replied on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:36pm
  6. Holy Shit.

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:21am
  7. Yes!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:50pm
  8. Great job Bexar!!!!! Fuck you Greg Abbot

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:57pm
  9. Good…. They need to…

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:23pm
  10. I read a lot about how our world is changing and fighting about LGBTQ rights. Its a hard time to always have to fight for your own basic rights. I’m the mother of a young wonderful beautiful person, she was born a girl, she says every cell in her body screams boy. She came out at 15 years old to me, and I through her a party. That was 5 years ago, she lost friends and endured teasing but one thing she will never lose is a mom who thinks she’s perfect. I will love her and will hold her through all of her journey. She’s My child and i am a very proud mom. I hope and pray that everyone’s journey will become easier as the world becomes a safer place for every LGBTQ. For any parent reading this please remember no matter what they are your child first and the rest is all secondary.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:23pm
  11. great

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:59pm
  12. COOL!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:09pm
  13. Yes

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:24pm
  14. Really?? Texas?

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:24pm
  15. If same-sex civil marriage was legal in TX, this would not be necessary.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:59pm
  16. WOW -

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:48pm
  17. wow. impressive.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11:19pm
  18. Finally, starting to see a semblance of a reason to say I’m glad to be from Texas, and even moreso glad to see change happening in my hometown ahead of most of the rest of the state!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:16am
  19. Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:25am
  20. A modicum of good news out of Texas!!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:39am
  21. Amenzaaaaaaa bout time to

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 8:28am
  22. Yay San Antonio!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 1:03pm
  23. Doing it big again…………..!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:41pm