Chattanooga Becomes Third City in Tennessee to Pass Same Sex Benefits Plan

Reported by: Caitlyn Jones
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Updated: 11/20/2013 9:41 am
        Without much discussion, Domestic Partner Benefits passes in a five to three vote, with Councilman Larry Grohn absent.
        In an attempt to stop the vote, two complaints were filed earlier this week alleging Councilman Chris Anderson had a conflict of interest with the ordinance.
        One was filed by a citizen, and one by councilman Larry Grohn.
        Those complaints were determined to have no merit.
        "Councilman Anderson stated on the record last week that he is not eligible to participate in the benefits program.  He also stated that the city attorney's office had looked into this matter and found that there was not a conflict of interest," said Council Chair Yusef Hakeem.
        Councilman Anderson Calls it a great victory for Chattanooga after a long fight to get this ordinance passed.
        "It's been interesting to say the least. It's not something I expected when I ran for this job, but sometimes doing the right thing invites criticism," said Anderson.
        Opponents aren't backing off just yet.
        "There's a groundswell of people that want to see this ordinance put on the ballot and let the citizens of Chattanooga vote on it instead of five men deciding that we're gonna have these anti discrimination same sex benefits out here," said opponent Charles Wysong.
        They're ready to petition the vote and they'll have two weeks to collect 4,500 signatures.
        If they succeed, the ordinance will go to a city wide ballot vote.

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