According to the Human Rights Campaign the 9,934 employers currently offer domestic partner benefits.
They break down as follows:
Fortune 500 Companies: (268)
Private Sector Companies: (8673)
State Governments: (13)
City and County Governments: (145)
Colleges and Universities: (304)
Of the Colleges and Universities that offer benefits all of the Ivy League schools have had partner benefits for years.
Kal Littrell goes to Trinity Christian Academy and plays basketball for the Trinity Titans. In Greek mythology, the Titans are a race of godlike giants who were considered to be the personifications of the forces of nature. Interesting name choice for a Christian Academy, but I digress.
Last year Kal was starting the process of getting into a “good” school, maybe even an Ivy League School.
On Jane Shropshire's cattle farm outside Lexington, Ky., a herd of happy Black Angus cows lazes in the summer sun, fattening on the state's famous bluegrass. Meanwhile, inside Shropshire's office, a converted outbuilding once used for storing breeding records and vet bills, something else is being fattened up: Kal Littrell's resume.
Littrell is meeting with Shropshire to draw up a road map that will take him from her farm to the college of his dreams…….Sitting nearby, Littrell's parents hang on every word - even father Ken, who'd originally thought Kal was too young for college planning. And now? "It's never too early to start the process," he says.
Kal’s dad Ken was on the Board of Directors, Trinity Christian Academy, 2005 - 2006. It’s good to grow up in a nice house, in an expensive area, go to a private school and have a supportive family where education is valued.
You see Kal’s parents Ken and Peggy are on the Board of the Family Foundation. Ken is the Secretary of the Family Foundation Trust of Kentucky, Inc.
Ken does this in addition to owning Clean Sweep Car Wash. Clean Sweep has two locations in Lexington and one in Richmond. Ken is also a partner in Varney Property, LLC with his mother Launa Varney Littrell.
On the political donation front Ken Littrell gave $250 to Tim Philpot and $150 to John Roach. Peggy Littrell gave $150 to Alice Forgy Kerr. Those size contributions won’t even get you a phone call from the candidate.
Now here is the Jon Stewart "WTF" moment.
Peggy Littrell is a faculty member at the University of Kentucky, College of Nursing.
So once again we have a UK faculty member, a health care professional, working against providing health care benefits for the partners of university employees.
I hope Kal Littrell gets an Ivy League education, I’m sure it would broaden his view of the world.