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Task Force applauds Miami Commission's unanimous passage of domestic partnership ordinance

Date: 
June 11, 2009

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WASHINGTON, June 11 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responded today to the City of Miami Commission's passage of a domestic partnership ordinance. Commissioners voted 5-0 to allow domestic partners the same health care and insurance benefits as married couples. Similar votes have also passed in Miami Beach and North Miami.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds Miami commissioners' unanimous passage today of a domestic partnership ordinance giving employees with same-sex or opposite-sex domestic partners the same rights and benefits as married couples. Passage of this measure marks a step toward fairness and equality in Miami, and will help ensure families of city employees are not deprived of fundamental protections and benefits. We thank the commissioners for their action today, and offer a special thanks to SAVE Dade for its efforts leading to this victory, as well as to the LGBT Advocacy Project of the ACLU of Florida and Equality Florida for providing support and assistance."


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