Columbus – This evening, Cuyahoga County Council voted 6 to 4 in favor of domestic partner benefits for county employees.
Ordinance No. 02011-0042 ensures access to health benefits for domestic partners by ensuring that those employed in public service will be “employed…compensated without regard to…sexual orientation..”
The existing plan restricts benefits to legally married partners and spouses. This disproportionately marginalizes members of the LGBT community.
With inclusion of LGBT domestic partners, Cuyahoga County can continue to remain economically competitive and attract the best talent possible.
Cuyahoga County Council’s vote today is consistent with the commitments made in the charter to social and economic diversity and inclusiveness.
Equality Ohio thanks the council for its continued support of the LGBT Community. Strong allies are necessary for change and we believe we have such allies in Cuyahoga County!
Equality Ohio advocates and educates to achieve fair treatment and equal opportunity for all Ohioans regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. For more information, visit www.equalityohio.orgor call us at (614) 224-0400.