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Do You Agree? Cuyahoga County OKs Domestic Partner Benefits For Gay Couples

Take our poll and tell us if you agree with the decision. And then explain your stance in the comments.

The children of gay couples who receive health insurance from Cuyahoga County will now get benefits that the children of straight, but unmarried, couples can't receive, according to the Plain Dealer.

The Cuyahoga County Council, which voted 6-4 Tuesday on the measure, explained their decision to leave out the children of unmarried straight couples.

The newspaper explains that: "The children of all county employees are covered, regardless of the employee's marital status. The difference in the new law is that the children of the partners of gay county employees are now covered. The children of unmarried partners of heterosexual county employees are not."

From the Plain Dealer:

The reason, council members said, is that heterosexual couples can get married to get benefits for their children.

"This is the first step to be more inclusive," Council Vice President Sunny Simon, who introduced the legislation, said afterward. "They have a choice to get married. This particular group has no choice."

So do you agree with the decision? Take our poll and then tell us why in the comments below.

Sandy February 18, 2012 at 05:28 PM
James, We all pay into a pot to help those who cannot help themselves. You are right in that respect, but it's better to see children, or anyone for that matter, get whatever healthcare is needed rather than to let them suffer. Isn't that what a society is supposed to do? I would hate for us to regress to the standards of the 1800's.
James Thomas February 19, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Sandy, I'd hate to see that too but that is what we are headed for if we don't stop spending at the present rate. If we don't choose to control our spending the choice will be taken out of our hands. "If something can't continue, it stops". We are all on a fiscal Easter Island.
Sandy February 21, 2012 at 06:09 PM
We need to rethink our priorities, in other words.
anastasia February 21, 2012 at 09:53 PM
I'm confused about how this is even a discussion...what year is it again?? and who in their right mind would deny proper benefits to any child? i certainly dont give a rats patooty if the kids parents are gay or straight. why cant we just let people live their lives?? and all of this religious talk is garbage. i thought god was the only one who could judge us...
jessicalovely February 22, 2012 at 07:38 AM
i'm not against gay or lesbian but theyre getting more and more of there kind, dont know why. i would suggest hypnotherapy to cure lesbians and gay lol. they might try viewing this one http://tinyurl.com/FreeGregoryHypnosisVideo

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