University of Georgia: Authorize a fully funded domestic partner benefits program
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University of Georgia: Authorize a fully funded domestic partner benefits program

    1. Ms. Ricky Roberts UGA
    2. Petition by

      Ms. Ricky Roberts UGA

      Athens, GA

“The time is always right to do what is right.” –Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Peace family,

While serving as chair for GLOBES at the University of Georgia, I drafted the original proposal that called for a non-state funded domestic partner benefits program.  Even though I am no longer a part of that organization, I intend to help finish what I started because it's long overdue.

When the proposal is fully implemented, a program will be created to provide equal benefits for all eligible employees who have registered domestic partners.

The proposal has already been approved by the UGA Human Resources Committee, the UGA Executive Committee and the University Council.

Former UGA President, Dr. Michael Adams authorized a portion of the proposal before leaving the university.  However, he failed to authorize the full program.  His successor President Jere Morehead and the UGA Foundation have announced that they will not help pursue a fully funded program.

Members of the UGA community have been trying to get domestic partners benefits passed for over 10 years. This is not only an equal pay for equal work issue but implementing the program would send a message that our University truly believes in real diversity that only equality brings.

Ten out of twelve of our comparator peer institutions such as the University of Florida and the University of Arizona offer equal benefits to employees with domestic partners.  These schools have proven that, when there is an institutional commitment, these benefits CAN be offered at schools located in states that bar the use of state dollars for this purpose.

With the recent Supreme Court rulings, people in Georgia are more enthusiastic about the pursuit of equality than ever before.

There is an opportunity for UGA to lead the way in making sure that all employees are treated equally and fairly.

I am asking for your help to put UGA on a course to make history yet again.  When UGA desegregated in 1961 other institutions in Georgia and throughout the Deep South followed the flagship.

Please implore UGA to once again end discrimination on our campus.

Please show your support for a non-state funded domestic partner benefits program at the University of Georgia by signing this petition.

Thank you for your help,

Ms. Ricky Roberts, MSW

UGA Staff Member

www.facebook.com/rickysimone

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    1. Mizzou approves domestic partner benefits

      Ms. Ricky Roberts UGA
      Petition Organizer

      Peace family. My sincere thanks go out to the University of Missouri for voting to expand health insurance coverage and other benefits to same-sex couples. Now 10 out of 12 of UGA's comparator peer institutions offer equal benefits.

      Similar to UGA, members of the Mizzou community had been waiting for the benefits for a number of years.

      "This is something we have fought for and waited for, for more than 20 years. I am thrilled that the university has finally recognized that granting domestic partner benefits levels the playing field for all its employees and will also enhance the university's ability to attract the best national and international scholars, regardless of their sexual orientation. This was the right thing to do, but long overdue," said Dr. Zuleyma Tang-Martinez, who has been at the University of Missouri -St. Louis for more than 36 years.

      Congrats Mizzou! I hope UGA will soon join the list of universities that believe in equal pay for equal work.

      U. of Missouri to Offer Benefits to Employees' Domestic Partners

      The University of Missouri's Board of Curators has approved a plan to extend health insurance and other benefits to the same-sex or opposite-sex domestic partners of university employees. The shift in policy brings the flagship in line with several of its nearby competitors, including the University of Kentucky, whose benefits plan, adopted almost exactly six years ago, has been cited as a model for Missouri's.

    2. Reached 2,500 signatures
    3. President Morehead continues discrimination at UGA

      Ms. Ricky Roberts UGA
      Petition Organizer

      Peace family. It was truly disappointing to hear the President say, “We don’t have a source of funding that’s entirely private, that’s not supported by state benefits or state employees. So I think this issue’s back in the arena of the Board of Regents and the state of Georgia.”

      This is a complete distortion of the truth. Foundation funds and auxiliary funds do not come from the State of Georgia and can be used for this purpose. The truth is that Georgia has a history of discriminating against the LGBT community. There are straight couples registered as domestic partners but this is still seen as a "gay" thing. Equality isn't a "gay" thing, it's the right thing.

      UGA is conforming with bigotry by continuing to prohibit equal benefits. It's sad that not one senior administrator has emerged to champion this issue and urge UGA to do what's right. No, not one. So it's up to us! Students, staff, faculty and community members will not rest until there are equal benefits for ALL!

      UGA President Jere Morehead on domestic partner benefits:...

      Expect the University of Georgia to go no further on the issue of domestic partner benefits for employees without the approval of the Board of Regents or the Legislature, newly ensconced President Jere Morehead said Tuesday. And you can consider that approval highly unlikely.

    4. UGA behind Georgia Tech on Equality

      Ms. Ricky Roberts UGA
      Petition Organizer

      Peace family, UGA lags far behind other schools when it comes to equality. "Soft" benefits have been offered at five other system schools for years. Georgia State began offering these benefits in 2001, Georgia Tech (2003), Kennesaw State (2008), Georgia Perimeter College (2010) and Georgia Regents University (2010).

      Please keep in mind that "soft" benefits are 100% paid for by the employee. The University contributes nothing.

      UGA must catch up! It's time to make an institutional commitment and provide funding so that all eligible employees receive full medical benefits.

      UGA extends some benefits to domestic partners

      The Atlanta Journal-Constitution The University of Georgia will extend some benefits to domestic partners of employees so those benefits are closer to what married spouses receive, officials said Monday. President Michael Adams is moving ahead to offer "soft benefits" such as dental and vision insurance to registered domestic partners of UGA employees.

    5. Reached 2,000 signatures

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 10 months ago

      "Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."

      —Louisa May Alcott

      "Cautious, careful people always casting about to preserve their reputation or social standards never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest are willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathies with despised ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences."

      —Susan B. Anthony

      "The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race."

      —Susan B. Anthony

      "We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever."

      —Susan B. Anthony, Declaration of Rights for Women, July 1876

      "There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers."

      —Susan B. Anthony

      "In passing, also, I would like to say that the first time Adam had a chance he laid the blame on a woman."

      —Nancy Astor

      (British Politician)

      "For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women."

      —Elizabeth Blackwell

      (The first woman in the U.S. to become a physician)

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    • Jan Hobbs VALLEY VILLAGE, CA
      • 11 months ago

      I am a Georgian by birth. I choose to work and live outside of Georgia where my wife and two children have full domestic partnership benefits (medical, dental, vision, life insurance).

      I work at a major academic medical center in California that does offer full benefits.

      If Georgia wants to remain competitive in today's economy, the University System must offer full benefits for all employees.

      Sadly, Georgia has chosen once again to be on the losing side of history.

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    • Samiron Dutta MONROE, MI
      • about 1 year ago

      President Morehead, isn't it truly unfortunate how history repeats itself? Today is a brand new era daunted by the same civil rights strife placed on your hands to fix. Will you be a president who ensures all of UGA's employees receive the same treatment and family protections or will be silent and codify discrimination? Do the right thing. Domestic Partner Benefits Now.

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    • Alison Armbrecht ATLANTA, GA
      • about 1 year ago

      GA needs to ensure equality for its LGBT citizens, but continues to reject incorporating LGBT equality into its laws. The University of GA has the opportunity to stand up for equality and demonstrate that it views all of its community as equal. Please consider how you would feel if this discrimationatory policies affected you.

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    • Tammie Ledford MANCHESTER, GA
      • about 1 year ago

      We all are equal. We should be able to share our partners benefits. If you love someone of the same sex you want to be legally married and equal.

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