published Monday, October 28th, 2013

Chattanooga City Council calls hearing to discuss same sex benefits for city employees

Should Chattanooga extend benefits to employees' same-sex partners?

Chattanooga City Council has called a special public hearing Nov. 5 to discuss legislation concerning expanding benefits to city employees in domestic partnerships, which would cover employees in same sex relationships.

The hearing will be held a week before a proposed ordinance will be introduced for a first reading.

City Councilman Chris Anderson announced in late August that he would introduce a bill to expand benefits to employees in same-sex partnerships.

Since that announcement, residents have shown up each week either warning the council to oppose such a measure because it goes against the Bible or have argued for the expansion saying it's only fair for employees.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has also spoken in support of expanding benefits.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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