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Dallas County approves domestic partner benefits

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Dallas County commissioners voted in favor of a stipend for gay and unmarried employees to buy health insurance for their partners.

Last week commissioners heard from speakers who encouraged them to add the "fully inclusive, non-discrimination policy and domestic benefits."

They will be available for both same-sex and opposite-sex partners, will provide a domestic partner affidavit, require proof of living together for six months and provide subsidies to employees so that partners could buy private insurance.

The measure passed with approval from Judge Clay Jenkins and commissioners John Wiley Price and Elba Garcia, three Democrats. The Republican commissioners, Maurine Dickey and Mike Cantrell, voted against it.

Dickey warned it was creating a slippery slope.

"Are we going to fund obese people? Are we going to fund smokers? Are we going to fund people who had blue Pontiacs before 1978?" she said.

Dickey also caused more drama in the courtroom by complaining about a woman who she thought was taking photos of her with a cellphone.

"I don't know what this is about, but this is the third time he's done it. It's been directly on me," she said.

"First of all, it's a she not a he. And everybody's taking pictures, hell," Price replied.

The woman said she was simply taking pictures of her friend who had been speaking.

"I would offer that Miss Dickey go to the resource center and try to get some training on pronouns, ask someone before they call them a he because I might have been offended," C.D. Kirven said.

Dickey said the photographs made her feel uncomfortable and she still believes the camera was pointed directly at her.


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