UK Changes Domestic Partner Plan

The University of Kentucky changes its domestic partner benefits plan to comply with an opinion, issued by the State Attorney General’s Office.

Under the new plan, a U.K. employee may extend health coverage to one qualifying adult and children in their household.

The sponsored dependent must share a residence with a covered U.K. employee and have lived with the employee for at least a year.

The university’s initial plan to offer domestic partners benefits was called into question by Attorney General Greg Stumbo’s office.

The attorney general issued a ruling saying that move would violate the state constitution. The opinion said the policy to provide domestic partner benefits came too close to the legal definition of marriage as defined by a constitutional amendment passed in 2004.

A spokesman said U.K.’s plan broadens the definition.