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Equal Benefits for All

The city says equality is a priority

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    People wave peace flags at the gay parade in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. Riot police in Serbia clashed with some hundreds of far-right protesters who tried to disrupt the gay pride march in Belgrade on Sunday, with more than a dozen people reported injured, officials said.(AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    The San Diego City Council has unanimously approved an Equal Benefits ordinance for same-sex couples.

    The ordinance proposed by Councilman Todd Gloria will insure that city contractors provide same-sex couples the same benefits provided to heterosexual couples.

    “Equality is a priority for the City of San Diego,” said Councilman Gloria in a statement. “We have made it clear that companies should provide fair benefits to their employees.”

    The new ordinance will bring city contractors in line with non-discrimination laws, which prohibits city contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation and marital status.

    The measure will take effect in January. Several cities throughout California have a similar ordinance in place.