Finally, something I don’t have to hate Greg Fischer for:
How bout them apples, gay-haters? At this very moment, Greg Fischer is signing an executive order extending equal health benefits to all 5,500 Metro Government employees (that includes unmarried heterosexual couples).
He finally got something majorly right.
Here’s Fischer’s email sent to Metro Government employees yesterday:
I am pleased to announce that, starting July 1, 2012, Metro Government will extend domestic partner benefits to city employees. Louisville is a growing, diverse, 21st Century city. If we are to attract the best and brightest talent to government, we must have benefits equal to or better than the private sector. Most Fortune 500 companies offer domestic partner benefits as do many local organizations and companies, from Brown-Forman to the University of Louisville. This is a matter of fairness, and it’s the right thing to do.
Enclosed you will find details of how the benefits will work. If you have questions, please contact Human Resources.
“This is a historic moment,” said Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman. “Mayor Fischer’s move will further secure Louisville and Kentucky’s place in American history as a Southern civil rights leader.”
Historic moment, indeed. Even if it’s buried in what is essentially a Friday news dump.
Greg Fischer may not exactly be a civil rights leader but this city certainly is. This is why Louisville can have nice things and sometimes Greg Fischer is a part of it.
UPDATE — And just like that, Tina Ward-Pugh sprinkled the glitter and Greg Fischer swished us into the 20th Century (yes, 20th):
Here’s what the order says:
WHEREAS, Louisville is a thriving, diverse 21st Century City;
And WHEREAS, if Louisville Metro Government is to attract the best and brightest talent to government, it must offer benefits equal to or better than the private sector;
And WHEREAS, most Fortune 500 companies offer domestic partner benefits as do many local organizations and companies, from Brown-Forman to the University of Louisville;
And WHEREAS, this is a matter of fairness, and it’s the right thing to do.
I, Mayor Greg Fischer, hereby order the city Human Resources Department to extend Domestic Partner Benefits to all city employees effective July 1, 2012.