Students Help Draft Law Benefitting Same-Sex Couples

Summer 2011

Thanks largely to students in Professor Suzanne B. Goldberg’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic, city employees in Allentown, Penn., can now share employment benefits with same-sex domestic partners. Larra Morris ’11, Jennifer Simcovitch ’11, and Swathi Sukumar ’10 started drafting a new ordinance for the town last spring, at the request of the Pennsylvania Diversity Network and Allentown officials.

The law, which was unanimously approved by Allentown’s City Council and then formalized by Mayor Ed Pawlowski in January, applies to the city’s 1,000 employees and ensures that same-sex partners have access to health care, among other benefits.