Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

BCBS of South Carolina to offer "Domestic Partner Benefits"

:::for the Update, visit here:::
"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation." - From Walden.

It seems appropriate if one considers the plight of the LGBT Community of the South, but as the quote continues:

"But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.”

I heard a rumor recently that if true is both wise and not an act of desperation. BCBSSC (Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina) is going to start offering Domestic Partner Benefits. Of course, initially I took it with a grain of salt, but decided to inquire. I asked around to some well qualified employees of the SC Conglomerate and it has been confirmed that starting next year, if you're gay (or straight) and have a committed partner they'll qualify for more than just a membership to the Gym. Apparently "committed partner" is a part of the language perhaps because SC has made illegal "Domestic Partnerships," Gay Marriages, common law marriages, etc.

This is very interesting because BCBS is South Carolina's largest private employer. The only Employer that Rivals it is State Government. And though this will not do anything to change the minds of SC's elected leadership regarding gay rights, it does say to the gay citizens of SC at least we care, and it says to the rest of the country and world - just because SC is the foulest swamp of electoral dirty tricks in America, that you can't and shouldn't base your opinion on our politicians.

After all, Sumter SC is pretty much the lesbian capital of the world. And despite the backwards stance on even the most basic of rights, not including marriage, there are many gay families raising children in SC much more than even the most bull headed of pulpiteers or politicians could imagine.

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