The Orange County Commission is so in favor of domestic partner benefits for county employees that they almost approved the motion twice.
After the usual proclamations and public comment, Mayor Teresa Jacobs called for a vote on the proposal. All commissioners quickly voted “aye,” none voting “nay,” before Commissioner Ted Edwards and County Comptroller Martha Haynie cut in, mentioning that they would like to make some comments. Ten minutes later the commissioners voted again and officially approved the motion unanimously, with benefits taking effect on Jan. 1, 2012.
“It is somewhat complicated from a tax and administrative standpoint,” said Haynie. “We’ll do everything we can to make sure everyone is treated fairly, but please bear with us as we work through implementation.”
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