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Metro Council One Step Closer To Offering Benefits To Same-Sex Partners

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NASHVILLE, Tenn - As part of a marathon Metro Council meeting Tuesday, council members voted shortly after 11 p.m. on a bill which would extend Metro employee benefits to their same-sex partners.

That includes insurance and the ability to take time off.

The council approved the bill on it's second reading with a 25-6 vote with three abstaining.

The bill will need a third and final reading before it becomes law.

Dozens of people dressed in blue were at the meeting to show their support for the bill. Bob Benson is a 22-year Metro employee. He and his partner came in support of the bill.

"Any other Metro employee would have been able to use bereavement leave if their other half was on the same insurance plan," he said. "We've been together 12 years now. It's about having our family treated the same as everybody else, not differently, not special, just the same."

The Tennessee Equality Project said it has the support of council members and the mayor's office.

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