Commissioners advance benefits proposal for gay married couples who work for Cook County
Posted on June 27, 2008
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Same-sex couples who work for Cook County won’t lose their benefits if they get married in other states under a proposal county commissioners advanced Tuesday.
The amendment, offered in light of recent decisions legalizing gay marriage in California and Massachusetts, would change a 9-year-old ordinance that extended the county’s medical and other benefits to same-sex couples who were living together. Under the ordinance, same-sex married couples are ineligible for the benefits.
“We weren’t thinking about this possibility” of marriage in other states, said Commissioner Mike Quigley (D-Chicago).
“It doesn’t extend any benefits,” Quigley said of the amendment. “It doesn’t acknowledge gay marriage.”Commissioners advance benefits proposal for gay married couples who work for Cook County
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