The State College School District made its first mistake by offering health insurance benefits to opposite sex domestic partners as well as married couples. In May they were sued by a lesbian employee to extend those benefits to her and her partner and to change their policy to also include same-sex domestic partners. Last night the school district, under pressure from the ACLU and the lesbian couple, voted to change its health insurance coverage policies to include same-sex domestic partners.
Last night the Allentown City Council voted to extend medical benefits to partners of a limited number of same-sex employees – both current and retired. The decision currently only affects members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and non-union managers and supervisors.
Allentown is facing financial woes, yet is considering extending domestic partner benefits to homosexuals. The Mayor has proposed a 40 percent increase in the earned income tax to help pay for this.