The decision means that live-in partners of unmarried municipal employees will
qualify for city medical coverage for the first time.
More than 40 people spoke
before council members voted 7-1 in favor of the benefit program. Northeast city Rep. Carl L. Robinson
City Hall was tense as the crowd of speakers formed
to try to lobby the council one last time. Mayor John Cook warned visitors
against using hateful terms or inflammatory language.
6 hours ago