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New Bill Extends Benefits To Same-Sex Partners Of Metro Employees

New Bill Extends Benefits To Same-Sex Partners Of Metro Employees

CREATED Jun 25, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean has signed a bill into law that extends benefits to the same-sex partners of Metro Nashville employees.

The bill was passed by the Metro Council earlier this month but was singed into law on Wednesday. It included health insurance and the ability to take time off in the event of a death in the family.

The Mayor and other supporters said it's a huge step towards treating all of the city's employees equally.

“It's just huge but the biggest deal to me is now I can say that my employer recognizes that we are a family and I couldn't say that before,” said Bob Benson, a 22 year employee for Metro. “So I'm thrilled.”

The bill has been projected to go into effect at the next open enrollment in the fall. Anyone who wants to enroll their partner will have to go through a screening process and provide documentation to prove they are actually in a domestic relationship.