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Knoxville to Offer Domestic Partner Benefits

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero says she’ll add domestic partner benefit coverage for city workers, making Knoxville the second municipality in the state to offer such benefits.

 

Knoxville will become the first large city in Tennessee to offer city benefits to same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners. Commissioners in the Chattanooga suburb of Collegedale offered health benefits to same-sex partners of public employees in August.

Ealier this week, Nashville mayor Karl Dean announced that he would be forming a committee to study offering domestic partner benefits to metro employees. Dean called providing benefits to same-sex partners the right thing to do.