UAB offers same-sex benefits
It’s kind of old news, but the backlash isn’t quite so old.
It started with a quiet email from the UAB Alliance, a group of faculty and staff members who have been petitioning for same-sex partner benefits for UAB employees. After three years of work, UAB finally granted partner benefits to gay and lesbian couples.
In fact, a group of students made a short ethnographic film about the struggle to obtain partner benefits.
Information very slowly trickled out that UAB was now offering partner benefits. It was almost a month before the Birmingham News picked up the story –
And that’s when this became interesting.
Not wanting to see our state progress, State Rep. DuWayne Bridges asked UAB to rescind the decision to offer benefits to gays and lesbians.
And now, Gubernatorial candidate Tim James is adding his two cents supporting State Rep. DuWayne Bridges.
What’s really intriguing is the quick mention that University of Alabama at Huntsville is following UAB’s lead..
I’m a fan of the paragraph at the bottom of the article:
According to the nonprofit organization Human Rights Campaign, 74 of the 130 universities on the U.S. News & World Report list of top schools offer domestic partner benefits. A survey by the nonprofit Human Rights Campaign found that 83 percent of Fortune 100 companies offer same-sex partner or domestic partner benefits.
Not too shabby, UAB. Again, I’m proud to be a Blazer!
What are your thoughts? Are adding domestic partner benefits a good thing? Is this the end of society as we know it? Share them in the comments!
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