On Tuesday, the Metro Nashville Council voted 27 to 7, with two abstaining, in favor of extending health insurance and other benefits to same-sex partners of Davidson County employees.
"Tonight’s vote reaffirms that we, as a city, respect individual dignity and are a truly inclusive city," said Mayor Karl Dean, a longtime supporter of the measure, in a statement released moments after the vote.
Metro Nashville is the only government in Middle Tennessee to offer domestic benefits, and will join three East Tennessee cities with similar measures, according to The Tennessean. Chattanooga could soon join the ranks, pending an August referendum.
The benefits will be offered to eligible employees beginning January 1, 2015.
The Metro Nashvill Council has taken a big step toward protecting LGBT Americans from future fears of mistreatment. In big cities and small, from coast to coast and in between, in red states and blue states, cities like Nashville are acting to bring equality to their own backyards.
HRC’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI) examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities around the country and rates them on how inclusive they are of LGBT people. For more information about the MEI, please visit: www.hrc.org/mei.