Ala. legislator to target benefits for same-sex couples

Montgomery, AL – - An Alabama legislator has drafted a bill
that would stop the state's public universities from offering
employee benefits to same-sex couples.
Republican Rep. DuWayne Bridges of Valley says his bill is ready
for the next session in January. It would prohibit public
universities from receiving state funds if they offer benefits to
same-sex partners.
His bill is aimed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and
the University of Alabama in Huntsville, which are letting faculty
and staff sign up for benefits for domestic partners of either sex.
A UAB spokeswoman says many other major universities are
offering the benefits, and UAB needs to do it to compete.