I strongly support domestic-partner benefits for gay public employees, as Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith is proposing. However, I favor restricting the benefits to same sex-partners only, as several North Carolina towns already do. The reason for this is that I don't know the mean fertility rate of opposite-sex domestic partners, and without that key information, I don't know if Asheville will save money, or the environment, by attracting opposite-sex domestic partners to Asheville jobs.
I do know that — with an average gay fertility rate near 0.5, including adoption — the reduced amount of child benefits going to gay employees will more than make up for the cost of same-sex domestic-partner benefits. In addition, opposite-sex domestic partners can get married, and though I don't care, I think many residents believe they should. I would wholeheartedly support opposite-sex domestic-partner benefits as soon as they demonstrate a reduced fertility rate and, with it, child-benefit savings. But so far they have not done so, at least to me, and so I oppose them.
— Alan Ditmore