"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.