LGBT Domestic Partner Benefits

Amongst the many largest employers, a majority of them have began to give benefits to same-sex partners, as well as spouses, of employees that work within their company. This move began to slowly grow when the first Fortune 500 company took this action and did this in the year 1990. The term, domestic Partnership, means that a couple of the same-sex or opposite sex, who are not married, who live together who are looking to receive economic and noneconomic benefits that are comparable to those who are granted their married counterparts. There are many states, such as Washington, California, D.C., Oregon, and Nevada, whose domestic partnership status is offered and grants some, or sometimes all, the responsibilities and rights of their marriage counterparts. Other states such as Illinois, Hawaii, New Jersey, and Colorado refer to domestic partnership as a civil unions, therefore, they offer these couples statewide spousal rights.

There are many other places, where these benefits for domestic partnerships are offered by businesses, and smaller governmental entities, but they are a bit more limited. These benefits include sick and bereavement leave, death benefits, accident and life insurance, dental, health, and vision insurance, use of recreational facilities, parental leave, and housing rights and intuition reduction. Whenever a state, business, college, or organization offers these domestic partnerships with benefits, there are many questions and areas that they must cover before giving them these benefits. There are several issues that need to be covered and they are very important. They will need to find out who exactly qualifies as a domestic partner, must the couple be together for a certain amount of years, must they be required to share expenses, how exactly will the employer identify them as a domestic partner, do they need to be financially responsible for each other, do they need to live together, and they will need to find out how the domestic partners would terminate their domestic partnership.

The next important thing to do when it comes to domestic partnerships, is to figure out exactly what benefits that are offered or available to you in the state that you live within. Whether it is due to medical insurance or having your partner listed as the one to receive the life insurance after you pass, or if they are covered by the insurance that you have with the business or company that you are working for. Some places only offer sick and bereavement leave for the domestic partners, however, in other places the benefits are comprehensive but can be incredibly costly and expensive. You will, however, be required to pay the taxes for these benefits. This is required since the IRS does not consider benefits that are given or rewarded to an unmarried couple as any type of taxable compensation.

When a same-sex couple is looking for their domestic partner to receive benefits, it is important to do research and find out exactly what is offered to domestic partnerships for benefits, from whichever state it is that you reside within. Once this is learned, then you and your domestic partner can try and receive the benefits that you feel that you and they deserve.

The Current State of Same-Sex Marriage

The current state of same-sex marriage is going to look very bright from the perspective of almost anyone who has lived through a good portion of the twentieth century. Even fifteen years ago, many liberals were very cynical about the possibility of gay marriage happening in the future. They would have regarded the idea of same-sex marriage being the law of the land in the United States in the year 2015 as being far too optimistic. Many of them have hopefully learned from this experience. However, it is important to remember that holding onto the progress that has been achieved and going even further will still be part of the process, and that same-sex marriage is not the only gay civil rights issue.

When same-sex marriage became legal in the United States in 2015, one of the most important milestones in American history had officially been reached. Same-sex marriage is already legal throughout most of the developed world, and the fact that the United States has managed to become part of that tremendous movement is significant in its own right. The United States still has a lot of power on the global scale, which makes this change in the culture of the United States so important. The developing world still needs to make a lot of progress when it comes to gay rights, and many religions still do not support same-sex marriage for their followers. However, the trend is towards broader marriage equality.

However, there are conservatives who are trying to turn back the clock. Some conservatives are content to keep this at the level of personal protests that will be ultimately ineffective. Some conservatives have surrendered, and they are now moving onto other relationship styles in search of new targets. However, other conservatives have grand plans for what they’re going to do if the balance of power in the Supreme Court shifts, so activists cannot get too comfortable.

There is also the fact that gay rights issues are more complicated than this. Gay people still face disproportionate problems with homelessness and employment discrimination, as do trans people. There are still conservatives who are trying to advocate for their supposed rights to discriminate against gay people. There’s also the fact that marriage equality in the United States and elsewhere in general has other problems. Many people struggling with disabilities and many poor people still struggle to marry the people who they love, and some of them are also going to be LGBT people. Removing one legal barrier to marriage is important, but people should not act as if all legal barriers to marriage have been removed.

Naturally, social barriers to gay marriage have not entirely dissolved. Interracial marriage has been legal for a long time, and many interracial couples are still going to face discrimination. Gay couples, especially if they are gay and interracial or gay and trans, will still face social discrimination. However, the relative lack of legal discrimination for them still represents hard-won progress that people will have to fight to keep.