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City Gets Ordinance Dealing With Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

City Gets Ordinance Dealing With Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

Charlottesville has a new ordinance that provides equal benefits to all lawfully married city employees. City councilors unanimously approved the change Monday night. They acknowledge this is a symbolic gesture, because the Commonwealth does not recognize same-sex marriages. The council can’t extend benefits to all lawfully married couples until Virginia changes its laws. Voters amended the state constitution in 2006 to define a marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Dave Norris (pictured) has been lobbying fellow councilors to adopt the new ordinance.