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Financial firm to push Ga.-based AFLAC to include domestic partner benefits

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Trillium Asset Management will introduce a shareholder proposal on behalf of Equity Foundation of Portland, Ore., at a May 7 meeting to press AFLAC to change its corporate policy to begin allowing domestic partnership benefits for same-sex couples.

Jonas Kron, a vice president with Trillium, said today that the proposal is mostly symbolic, but he hopes the insurance company's board will take note of the importance of providing domestic partnership benefits to same-sex couples.

Aetna, AIG, Chubb, The Hartford, ING North America, MetLife, Nationwide, Unum, State Farm, Wellpoint, Humana, and Cigna all provide domestic partnership benefits, Kron says. AFLAC does not.