Domestic Partner Benefits

Domestic Partner Benefits
June 16, 2010
Dr. Helen Holt

Domestic Partner Benefits
Many people agree that a couple can consist of people living together who are unmarried or who are not of the opposite sex. Any two adults living together and share a loving relationship are called partners. Domestic partners share a long-term relationship without entering a traditional marriage, common law, or civil union. Domestic partners are unmarried heterosexual or homosexual couples who are in a relationship that is considered equivalent to marriage for the purpose of extending certain legal rights and employee benefits (Webster’s New College Dictionary, 2010). Hard and soft benefits should be accessible to everyone because of equity, fairness, and competitive advantages.
Domestic Partners
Unmarried couples are one of the fastest growing components of American society. In today’s society couples live together before they marry; cohabitation has become a normal stage between dating and marriage. The most common reason people live with a partner is that they are not ready to be in a committed relationship. Domestic partners separates into two categories same sex and opposite sex. A heterosexual is someone who is sexually attracted to someone of the opposite gender. Heterosexuality is the most common sexual orientation in today’s society. A homosexual is a person whose attraction is someone of the same gender. Males, who are homosexuals, are referred to as gays and females are referred to as lesbians.
Today’s society discriminates against homosexual couples raising children; there is no difference between children who are raised by homosexual parents and those who are raised by heterosexual parents. Children raised by homosexual parents are more open-minded toward diversity and more nurturing towards younger children than children whose parents are heterosexual. Children of homosexual parents exhibit a greater level of affection and attentiveness (Cooper,...