Gay 9/11 survivor loses insurance in Idaho

Mar 26th, 2008 | By | Category: News

Robert Ryan survived the horror of the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York, but his health insurance coverage was pulled out from under him once he relocated to Idaho.

Ryan told KBCI – TV 2 that prior to moving to Idaho, he was covered by a joint health insurance policy maintained by Konica Minolta. But since the company’s office in Idaho does not recognize domestic partnerships, he has lost his health benefits that included under Ralph Martinelli’s coverage.

“Our relationship didn’t change when we moved, we’re still the same people, he’s still the same employee yet he’s being treated differently within his own company just because we changed state.” – Robert Ryan.

During the terrorist attack in New York, Ryan was working on the 74th floor of the World Trade Center’s second tower. The man was trampled on and endured the worst attack on our nation, but it took his move to Idaho to cause the final insult.

Local wingnut Bryan Fischer with the Idaho Values Alliance could care less. In true ass-holier-than-thou form, Fischer basically told him to get used to Idaho’s bigoted laws or leave.

“I believe the couple should have given consideration to before they made the decision to move to a state where domestic partnerships were not going to be recognized.” Bryan Fischer, Idaho wingnut.

Konica Minolta offered no public statement on the issue. editor, independent journalist & LGBT media spokesperson,
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  1. “ass-holier-than-thou” is priceless!

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