Indianapolis Council OKs Domestic Partner Benefits

Associated Press
August 14, 2012

The Indianapolis City-County Council has approved a proposal to provide health-care benefits to the domestic partners of city workers.

The proposal that passed Monday night in a 20-8 vote would offer insurance coverage to both same-sex and heterosexual unmarried couples. Supporters say offering domestic-partner benefits will improve the city’s image with many companies already providing such coverage.

Republican Mayor Gregg Ballard tells The Indianapolis Star ( ) he hasn’t decided whether he’ll veto the measure. Ballard says he would prefer that coverage be provided only to same-sex partners because he believes offering it to heterosexual couples is a “disincentive to marry.”