New Domestic Partnership Benefits in Miami – About Miami

Gay Rights in Miami, FloridaRecently, the Miami-Dade County Commission passed an ordinance that will enable hundreds of county employees to receive domestic partnership benefits. This ordinance will allow those who work for the Miami-Dade County to extend their health coverage to their unmarried partners and children. In addition to health care coverage, the ordinance gives domestic partners and their children visitation rights at hospitals, county jails and juvenile detention facilities.

According to Miami-Dade County’s managers, it will cost $1.3 million a year if 600 domestic partners are enrolled. So far, 900 county employees have filed for domestic partnership benefits.

This is a big victory for gay rights organizations such as Equality Florida and SAVE Dade. It was around time that something like this happened in South Florida. We have to remember South Florida has an important gay community who has positively influenced our economy.

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