Town of Bay Harbor Islands Unanimously Approves Domestic Partnership Ordinance
Congrats to SAVE Dade and the Town of Bay Harbor Islands!
A major victory has occurred in the Town of Bay Harbor Islands. A Domestic Partnership Ordinance was unaimously passed on a second reading that would gurantee Town employees who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) the same rights and benefits as all other city employees.
“Bay Harbor’s Town Council took a bold step today for equality acknowledging that equal benefits for equal work is a core value in their community,” said SAVE Dade Executive Director CJ Ortuño
“With a minimal fiscal impact, this ordinance will make our Town more competitive and fairer in retaining and recruiting the highest quality of employees, regardless of their personal sexual orientation. I am proud to have sponsored such legislation,” said Vice Mayor Jordan W. Leonard. The passage comes after Mayor Leonard approached SAVE Dade upon realizing Bay Harbor didn’t offer these benefits to LGBT employees he knows are working for the city.
SAVE Dade collaborated with the Vice Mayor with the ordinance’s language as well as elaborate on the financial impact of the proposed bill. “Many people don’t realize that these benefits don’t cost the Town much, since gay and lesbian relationships are not recognized by our federal or state government; and that the ordinance simply allows for the ability to put their loved one on their health insurance,” said Ortuño.
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