ACLU Could Join SLC in Domestic Benefits Lawsuits

ACLU Could Join SLC in Domestic Benefits Lawsuits

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union could be joining Salt Lake City in defending a policy to provide health benefits to the domestic partners of unmarried city employees.

An attorney for the ACLU's Utah chapter says the organization is taking a look at Mayor Rocky Anderson's executive order and the two lawsuits it already faces.

A-C-L-U says it wants to hear from gay and lesbian city employees.

Anderson's executive order would offer benefits to the domestic partners of city employees, regardless of sexuality.

Opponents of Anderson's order say it violates state law by offering homosexual couples and unmarried heterosexual couples the legal equivalent status of a traditional marriage.


Information from: Deseret Morning News,

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