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Metro Council Passes Domestic Partner Benefits

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The Metro Council passed domestic partner benefits for Nashville government employees on Tuesday with a 27-7 vote.

Mayor Karl Dean praised the passage in a statement to the media.

"The majority of large employers nationwide already offer domestic partner benefits, as do many city governments and large private employers in Nashville," he said. "I thank the Council for their leadership in making partner benefits a priority so that Metro can continue to offer a competitive level of benefits. Tonight's vote reaffirms that we, as a city, respect individual dignity and are a truly inclusive city."

Some council members took to Twitter to also voice their support.

At-large Metro Council member Megan Barry tweeted: "Proud to pass partner benefits tonight. One step closer to an inclusive Nashville."

Metro Council Representative for the 7th District Anthony Davis tweeted: "Very proud to have just passed partner benefits as a co-sponsor. Welcoming city, welcoming government. Nashville always does the right thing".

Metro Davidson County City Councilman for District 5 Scott Davis tweeted: "I am so proud of my council colleagues and our city. All metro employees, no matter who they love will now have health insurance."

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