Today, Bexar County Commissioners Court voted unanimously in favor of extending county employee benefits to include domestic partners.
Under the proposal, county employees may add “one qualifying adult” to his or her plan if the adult meets certain restrictions and requirements.
The vote is the latest in a string of pro-LGBT legislation in the county. In September, the city council of San Antonio, the largest city in Bexar County, voted 8 to 3 in favor of updating the city ordinances to ban discrimination against LGBT residents in contracting, housing, public accommodations and city employment.
With actions like these, cities and countries continue to demonstrate leadership on matters of equality. This is happening at the local level across the country: where states and the federal government have failed to act, municipalities have stepped up. HRC’s Municipal Equality Index demonstrates the ways that many cities can – and do – serve the LGBT people who live and work in those cities. Read the Municipal Equality Index report here, and click here to see the detailed scorecards for the 291 cities the MEI rated in 2013.