Nov 16, 2012 4:45 PM by David Ortiviz
The gay rights community in Pueblo is calling it a victory. A group opposed to couple benefits for city employees in a same-sex relationship came up short today. The group had collected hundreds of signatures to have the measure overturned, but they were 17 signatures short of the goal they needed.
Last week Mark Aliff submitted 1,509 signatures to the city clerk's office. He was required to collect at least 1,137 signatures in Pueblo, but nearly 400 were rejected because the people weren't registered voters, had the wrong address and in many cases there were problems with notarization of the petitions.
This mean the same-sex benefits ordinance will stay in effect for city workers in Pueblo. The ordinance allows them to sign up for couples benefits including health insurance, sick and medical leave.