by Mary Tuma
Commissioners Court approves domestic partner benefits via Bexar County
"Whether it’s a man-woman, man-man, woman-woman, whatever. It’s their business, their private life, but they have a right to be treated equally," County Judge Nelson Wolff said, according to TPR.
Wolff alluded to his advocacy for domestic partner benefits and equality at the County-level in general during his re-election campaign kick-off event last month, the Current previously reported. “Bexar County needs to do a better job of enhancing equal opportunity training to include sexual orientation and gender identity issues,” said Wolff at the time.
The benefits package drew support from Republican Kevin Wolff, who said he approved the measure based on its fiscal and competitive impact. Overall, the largely smooth process drew a stark contrast to the uproar during City Council's LGBT non-discrimination policy debate— met with heavy opposition from socially conservative members of council and the community. It also contrasted with the City's own debate over domestic partner policies in 2011. While finally approved by an 8-3 vote, the debate saw heated backlash from the religious right.
A date for when the benefits will be enacted for the county's 4,000 employees has yet to be announced.