Two Toledo city councilmen plan to submit an amendment Tuesday to legislation put forward by Mayor Mike Bell to extend health-care benefits to the domestic partners of city employees.
Councilman George Sarantou said today he and colleague Rob Ludeman want to extend the benefits to the partners of same-sex couples only. As it is currently worded, the legislation would allow partners in both same-sex relationships and cohabiting heterosexual couples to apply for the benefits.
Lucas County also offers domestic partner benefits to same-sex couples and married couples only, Mr. Sarantou said.
“Same sex couples do not have the option of getting married under Ohio law,” the councilman said. “The fact is opposite sex couples do have that option if they are in a committed relationship.”
Mr. Sarantou estimated the amendment would also save the city money.