Friday, December 23, 2005

Proud to be from Monmouth

Domestic partners get pension benefit (APP)

Monmouth's freeholders deserve praise for taking this step forward.

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At 3:32 PM, Blogger Honest Abe said...

I'm with you here, Jackie. It's not a gay/straight isssue or a liberal/conservative issue. It's a matter of fairness. As the article states, members of the Public Employees' Retirement System already have the right to designate the beneficiary of their choice; it's only fair that those in Law Enforcement have the same opportunity.
This not only extends to gay and lesbian employees, but it also would allow a straight employee to designate his fiancee should he die before marriage.
I actually know of a married couple where prior to their marriage, the woman had the choice of going on Medicaid (She would have qualified based upon her low income.) or simply paying cash for her doctor visits. They opted to forego using Medicaid and paid the bills in full. Once they were married she went on her husband's health insurance. Luckily there was never a need for hospitalization before they were married.

At 5:09 PM, Blogger Jackie Corley said...

Absolutely right, Abe -- it is about fairness. If someone decides to dedicate their life to another human being it should be honored and obstacles should not be arbitrarily erected.

At 5:21 PM, Blogger Honest Abe said...

Especially when two pension plans, BOTH part of the state pension system, have different rules. (I'm not sure where the third plan, the Teachers', comes down on all this.) If the Bozo-coiffed one (Corzine) really wants to talk fairness he can tackle this one statewide and eliminate differences like that between Monmouth and Ocean counties.
There's no reason why a police officer cannot designate his/her beneficiary yet a civilian employee of the same municipality or county can.


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