Chattanooga Council Passes Domestic Partner Benefits Ordinance in First Reading

Reported by: Caitlyn Jones
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Updated: 11/13/2013 9:39 am
     Domestic Partners of city employees could get on the city's health care plan, just as long as they live together and are in a non-platonic caring relationship.
     That applies to same sex and opposite domestic partners.
        In a five to four vote, the Chattanooga city council passed the ordinance to extend health care to domestic partners of city employees.
      The ordinance also included a non-discrimination law in the workplace for sexual orientation.
       Chris Anderson, Carol Berz, Moses Freeman, Yusef Hakeem, and Jerry Mitchell voted in favor of the ordinance.
       Russell Gilbert, Chip Henderson, Larry Grohn, and Ken Smith voted against it.
       The vote still has to pass it's second reading to allow the ordinance to go into effect.
       It's scheduled for next Tuesday at City Council.

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