Pennsylvania County Forces Domestic Partners To Out Themselves | Luzerne County in northeast Pennsylvania has instituted a new policy requiring the same-sex domestic partners of county employees to identify themselves, even though they will still not be permitted to collect benefits. The reason for the policy is to ensure that anti-nepotism prohibitions and restrictions are applied to domestic partners. It’s unclear what incentive a county employee might have to obtain a domestic partnership if restrictions apply and benefits don’t. Thankfully, the county protects against LGBT employment discrimination, protecting couples from further penalization because of the forced outing.
The ACLU is calling this policy into question, because even though it applies to both same- and opposite-sex domestic partners, but employees with same-sex partners have to uniquely file affidavits to identify their partners.