Saturday, May 26, 2012

CA state pension system must allow same-sex partners to buy long-term care insurance


A story by Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee reports that a federal judge in Oakland, CA ruled that California must allow same-sex partners to purchase long-term care insurance through the CalPERS state pension fund. The link for the story (May 25) is here.  

The judge struck down a portion of DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act.  But the outcome of Proposition 8 would not necessarily affect this case. 

The state had ruled that allowing gay couples to purchase LTC insurance for partners could jeopardize its tax-free status.

The ruling came at a time when long term care insurance has suddenly received increased attention with respect to filial responsibility laws, particularly a recent judgment against an adult child in Pennsylvania forcing him to pay his mother’s nursing home bills.  But the greatest danger from these laws for LGBT and often childless people could be liability for their parents, not spouses.  Adult children, especially the childless, should be encouraging parents to get LTC insurance. 

Also, HRC's Backstory Blog has a petition and embedded video from North Carolina Pastor Charles Worely. It's pretty  graphic -- he does play the "don't reproduce" card, and that's all that seems to matter to him.  The video has gone viral, yet might violate YouTube TOS; but HRC's link is here. No, I'll decline to embed this one. 

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