Toledo City Council discusses domestic partnerships

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The issue of domestic partner benefits took center stage Wednesday at Toledo city council.

Back in 2007, the city of Toledo created a domestic partner registry, and now council is debating a proposal brought forth by Mayor Bell, calling for the city to provide benefits to the domestic partners of city employees.

If approved, the proposal would require couples to receive a certificate through the city's domestic partner registry. It would extend the same health care, dental and vision benefits to partners as they are offered to spouses and dependent children of city workers.

Council members are divided on the issue. Some say this is long overdue to treat all city employees equally, while others are concerned about the financial implications and how much taxpayers will be on the hook for domestic partner benefits.

No action was taken during the committee hearing, but it sets up a vote by council as early as next week on Tuesday.

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