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Aug 28, 2012 2:37 PM by Greg Boyce

Pueblo to consider benefits for same sex couples

The Pueblo City Council will consider giving same sex couples health benefits under an ordinance to be discussed on September 10.

It appeared on last night's council agenda, though it had not been discussed previously.

According to a fact sheet prepared by the city's human resources department, such a move would likely increase the cost of health benefits by less than two percent. 

The proposed ordinance would require the employee and partner to be adults in an exclusive and committed relationship.  They cannot be related and cannot be married to another person. 

The State of Colorado already offers benefits to same sex couples, as does the City and County of Denver.  The City of Colorado Springs does not.

The ordinance passed on first reading and will be considered again on September 10.  At that time public comments will be heard.

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