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Domestic Partner Benefits for Toledo Employees

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Toledo City Council President Joe McNamara (Photo Credit | THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH)

Legislation submitted by Toledo Mayor Mike Bell to the city council seeks to extend benefits to the domestic partners of municipal employees. Opponents of the measure question why the mayor didn’t present the legislation during the recent collective-bargaining negotiations. But… Toledo City Council President Joe McNamara says timing shouldn’t be an issue when it comes to matters of equal rights.

“It’s always the right time to do the right thing. Since Toledo’s existence, the city has never offered domestic partner benefits to couples in that relationship and I think it’s well past time that we did it. So, from my perspective the timing doesn’t matter because the timing is… this should have been done a long time ago.”

McNamara says the benefits would include both same-sex and opposite-sex couples. If approved… Toledo would become the fourth major city in Ohio to extend benefits to domestic partners of municipal employees. I’m J. Carlisle Larsen… WDET News.

Photo Credit | THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH