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Chattanooga Judge Rules Referendum Wording OK

Chattanooga Judge Rules Referendum Wording OK

CREATED Jul 7, 2014

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A judge in Chattanooga has ruled that the wording of a referendum that will determine whether city employees are entitled to domestic partner benefits should stand.

The Chattanooga City Council last week approved filing a lawsuit in an attempt to change the wording because city attorneys said language approved by the Hamilton County Election Commission was too vague.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Judge Neil Thomas ruled Monday morning in favor of the election commission.

In November, Chattanooga became the third city in Tennessee to vote to expand benefits to same-sex couples.

Opponents of the law organized a petition drive and gathered enough signatures to force the referendum.

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