Supports domestic-partner benefits, but only for same-sex partners

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
Leicester

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8 thoughts on “Supports domestic-partner benefits, but only for same-sex partners

  1. hauntedheadnc

    I wonder if those bats flying in and out of Mr. Ditmore’s ears ever annoy his barber when it comes time for another haircut.

  2. hauntedheadnc

    You’re right! I had totally forgotten that barbers are yet another facet of the diabolical heterosexual breeding plan for overpopulation and environmental destruction. How silly of me!

    Blah blah contraception blah breeders blah blah I’m a genius blah contraception blah blah blah.

  3. hauntedheadnc

    Fold it into corners and sit down hard, travelah. I despise idiocy no matter which corner it comes from, be it the right or left.

  4. hauntedheadnc

    [i]Look how sweet you are.[/i]

    Enough to rot your molars, you apple-cheeked little scamp, you.

  5. travelah

    Haven’t you ever heard of brushing your teeth? That will clean tnat sugar junk right away.

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