Chattanooga, Tennessee may soon become the third city in the state to provide health benefits to its domestic partners, Nooga.com reports: ChattanoogaThe City Council voted 5-4 Tuesday evening to approve the Extended Benefits and Equity Ordinance, proposed by Councilman Chris Anderson. The legislation extends health benefits to the domestic partners of city employees, including those in same-sex relationships. A second legislative component adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s nondiscrimination policy.
The city has to vote once more, next week, for the bill to become law. As in Arizona, it’s a piecemeal approach, but may portend larger changes to come statewide. The big questions are when and how – maybe the lawsuit filed last week?