Collegedale gives preliminary OK to same-sex benefits

Collegedale gives preliminary OK to same-sex benefits

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COLLEGEDALE (AP) - An East Tennessee city of fewer than 7,000 residents is poised to become the first municipality in the state to grant health care benefits to domestic partners.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Collegedale City Commission members last week passed on first reading a plan to extend the same benefits married city workers receive to heterosexual and same-sex partners of city employees.

A consultant with the University of Tennessee's Municipal Technical Advisory Service said that, if the commissioners approve the proposal again in August, Collegedale would become the first among Tennessee's 346 cities to cover domestic partnerships.

Consultant Bonnie Jones said she is surprised one of the larger cities might not be the first.

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