Same-sex benefits bill advances in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The City Council of Chattanooga, Tenn., voted 5-4 Nov. 12 to approve an ordinance that would extend health benefits to same-sex partners of city employees. The Extended Benefits and Equity Ordinance, proposed by openly gay Councilman Chris Anderson, would make Chattanooga the third city in Tennessee to extend benefits to its employees' domestic partners irrespective of sexual orientation. "I'm excited that our city took a great step toward equality and fairness for all our employees," Anderson said after the vote.

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Nooga.com (Chattanooga, Tenn.) · Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.)

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