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Posted at 7:41 AM ET, 06/23/2010

Annapolis offers same-sex benefits

By Mike McPhate

Annapolis will offer benefits to same-sex partners of city employees beginning July 1, Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen said in a statement Tuesday.

“This change will create a more equitable work environment and help make the city more competitive in attracting top talent,” Cohen said.

The city joins several other jurisdictions in Maryland, including Rockville, Gaithersburg, Tacoma Park and the City of Frederick, that offer same-sex benefits. Last month, Maryland began allowing state employees to sign up same-sex spouses as dependents, making them eligible for benefits.

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has voiced support for civil unions, but has been cold to the idea of legalizing same-sex marriages. The main opponent in his reelection bid, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R), has criticized efforts in the state to recognize same-sex marriage.

A Washington Post poll conducted in May found that Marylanders now narrowly support a law to allow same-sex marriage.

Annapolis workers must submit an affidavit affirming they are in a same-sex relationship to enroll for coverage including medical, dental, vision and prescription drug benefits.

-- Mike McPhate

By Mike McPhate  | June 23, 2010; 7:41 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  maryland  
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Welcome to the 20th Century.

Posted by: MarilynManson | June 23, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Glad that Annapolis is doing the right thing.

Posted by: lsf07 | June 23, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

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