On Tuesday, a University of Virginia (UVA) student sent a letter to Attorney General Mark Herring, asking him to extend employee health care coverage to same-sex partners.
Brendan Maupin Wynn, the UVA graduate student, wrote to Herring urging him to amend UVA and other state organizations’ policies, to provide health care coverage for partners of gay and lesbian employees, who do not qualify for federally funded insurance or already have coverage through another employer.
Currently, Virginia entities are bound by a 2006 constitution amendment, that states marriage is between a man and woman. Though the amendment was ruled unconstitutional in February, it is still pending appeal and affects Virginians like Wynn.
“Ultimately, the constitutional ban is an unfair and discriminatory law, which is why it was struck down by the court,” Wynn said in an interview Tuesday. “While we await that appeal, there has to be something we can do to provide benefits for our employees today,” Wynn said in an interview earlier this week.
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently joined in on this issue. His spokesperson, Rachel Thomas, states, “The governor is committed to ensuring that Virginia is open and welcoming to all and believes that LGBT Virginians deserve the same rights and privileges as everyone else.”