Health care help for Nevada employee partners pushed, but where's

Despite a legislative panel giving thumbs up to a regulation approving health care benefits for domestic partners of Nevada state employees, a hurdle called hard times might intervene.

The regulation, which includes same sex domestic partners, was approved 3-2 by the Subcommittee on Regulation but it could carry a $4.1 million state general fund price tag the first year and a $4.5 million cost the second. Budget constraints may prevail.

"If the shoe were on the other foot, they'd find the money," said Holly Wilson, former Reno chapter president of PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). She felt benefits should be the same for domestic partners, gay or straight, as they are for married couples. She said domestic partnership advocates, including PFLAG, should favor the idea.