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Winston-Salem considers extending same-sex partner benefits to city employees

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Winston-Salem is considering a major policy change that would extend benefit coverage to domestic partners of LGBT city employees and their children.

This comes by request of several city council members, according to the draft proposal written by Winston-Salem City Attorney Angela Carmon.

If approved, same-sex domestic partners will have access to benefits that include medical and dental coverage, voluntary vision, voluntary long-term care and employee assistance.

This new policy would also allow same-sex couples leave under the Family Medical Leave Act. Domestic partners will have access to survivorship benefits and could be listed as a 401(k) beneficiary.

Winston-Salem says expanding benefits to same-sex domestic partners is in line with its goals of welcoming people from all walks of life as well as attracting and retaining a diverse workforce.

Similar policies have already been adopted by many of North Carolina's biggest cities including Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro.

Winston-Salem says employees must meet several requirements set by the city in order to be eligible.

The proposal will be discussed by city leaders in committee this week but will need approval from city council.

If approved, the policy will take effect January 1, 2015.


  • Kaffie

    Let’s just offer everyone coverage in the family plan, married or single! God forgive them they know not what they do…

  • Willbear Arms

    If WS wishes to adopt this policy they also need to include other perverts like child molesters and those involved with animals. Surely WS wouldn’t want to discriminate…

    • Har-d-har-har

      You’re right….lord forbid your mother loses her EBT. How else does one get kibbles and bits?

    • JT

      Never took a logic course, did you? Homosexuals are not attracted to children (pedophiles are) and homosexuals are attracted to members of the same species. Your ignorance of both science and logic are astounding. I had heard that there were people this stupid, but I have never encountered one in real life until now.

  • Dickson John

    Homos are insane and belong in an asylum, they can not face the truth in life and want to copy some who is happy.
    Homos can’t even think for themselves. They have no respect for anyone. Evil and sick trash.

  • Australia Smith

    Take a stand for what God says is right. It’s not what I say but God. You are either are for God or against. God say this is wrong to support a tool to help promote a sinful agenda.

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