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

AFLAC

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.

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By the numbers: Same-sex marriage in America

80,000

Estimated legally married same-sex couples in the United States.

30,000

Legally married gay couples in the United States who wed in other countries.

85,000

Estimated same-sex couples in legally recognized civil unions or domestic partnerships.

29

States that have amended their state constitutions to ban gay marriage.

40

Percent of the U.S. population that resides in a jurisdiction that offers gay couples some form of state-level protection. Georgia does not.

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Facebook relationship status update: In a Civil Union

Facebook — where you can read all about the ups and downs of people's relationships — is now adding "In a Civil Union" and "In a Domestic Partnership" to its relationship statuses.

Some LGBT people are able to record their relationships as "married" because they've been married in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, or Washington, D.C ,  the few states that have legalized same-sex marriage.

But now in a move for more inclusivity, Facebook is adding more options for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who can't legally married but are in legal relationships.

Savannah approves domestic partner benefits

Georgia Equality's Kevin Clark

The Savannah City Council voted unanimously last week to authorize the city manager to implement a domestic partner program for city employees. The vote was approved by the nine-member council at its Oct. 7 meeting.

Kevin Clark, chair of the Savannah chapter of Georgia Equality, said about 25 LGBT community activists attended the meeting.

“There was an outburst of enthusiastic applause after the vote,” he said shortly after the vote. “This is a historic and proud day for the city of Savannah.”