I've just left St. Could City Hall where moments ago the mayor and commissioners passed domestic partnership benefits for city employees by a vote of 3 to 2. Under the new policy, city employees will be able to include their domestic partners on their city health care plan and will be eligible for other vital benefits and protections employee spouses receive.
Tonight's victory is one more sign that Osceola County and all of Florida are moving in the direction of equality.
In 2010, with our support, Kissimmee City Commissioner Cheryl Grieb led the charge to pass domestic partner benefits for city employees in St. Cloud's sister city.
"Today the St. Cloud City Commission made a bold step toward valuing all of their employees," said Kissimmee Commissioner Cheryl Grieb. "I'm so proud of our sister city for taking action to stay a competitive government employer and for respecting all families."
St. Cloud is the 4th Central Florida municipality in the last three years to add Domestic Partner benefits for city employees joining Kissimmee, Orlando, and Orange County.
Onward to full equality,