Partners of gay employees may get health benefits in Allentown

From The Morning Call, October 09, 2010|By Jarrett Renshaw

Allentown may soon be the second city in the state to offer health benefits to partners of gay employees. A bill extending the employee benefits to same-sex couples was expected to be introduced last Wednesday, but was pulled at the last minute after the city’s solicitor’s office expressed some concerns over language in the bill. City Council has declined to release the legal opinion, citing lawyer-client privilege. However, council President Michael D’Amore, a sponsor of the bill, said the legal concerns are technical, and he expects to introduce the bill as early as the next meeting, Oct. 20.

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