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.
City Gets Ordinance Dealing With Benefits For Same-Sex Couples