Commissioners Talk Same Sex Rights in Collegedale

Edited by: Caitlyn Jones
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Updated: 7/02/2013 9:05 am
        When Collegedale Police Detective Kat Cooper wanted health benefits for her partner Krista, she went to the city commission.
        "You couldn't ask for a finer detective and she's had a perfect record with us for 11 years and I think it's just fairness," said Commissioner Debbie Baker.
        They voted four to one to draw an amendment to their charter.
        "Somebody asked me once, 'when did you decide to be a heterosexual?'" said Commissioner Larry Hanson, "and I said 'Well I guess I never decided that.'  This person said, 'Well the same with us, we didn't decide that either."
        The amendment would let city employees in domestic partnerships extend health benefits to their partners.
        That goes for both hetero and homosexual couples.
        "I think that under the circumstances that it's a fairness issue to all of our employees whether it's a common law domestic partnership or if it's a same sex partnership or a heterosexual," said Commissioner Katie Lamb.
        Baker says drawing that amendment won't be simple.
        "I want to be very clear that it's not going to be open to anybody can walk off the street and get insurance for someone.  We need to be very precise in how we word this and very careful," she said.
         If the amendment is approved, Collegdale will be a leader in gay rights for the state.
        "If it's the right thing to do and I do think it's the right thing to do. I'm proud of the fact Collegdale is taking that step," said Hanson.

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