Joined by members of the Louisville Metro Council and gay rights advocates, Mayor Greg Fischer signed an executive order Friday extending domestic partner benefits to Metro Government employees that will go into effect July 1, 2012.
The policy decision to offer health insurance benefits to couples living together in a household but who are not legally married follows many Fortune 500 company policies. In 2006, the University of Louisville instituted a similar program, as have other local companies such as Humana and Brown-Forman.
Fischer says if the city wants to attract the best and brightest talent to live in Louisville, it must offer domestic partner benefits that are competitive with the private sector.
“We know that Louisville is a growing and vibrant international city and for nay 21st Century city to succeed it must value all people, be a welcoming city and certainly embrace diversity,” he says.