The children of gay couples who receive health insurance from Cuyahoga County will now get benefits that the children of straight, but unmarried, couples can't receive, according to the Plain Dealer.
The Cuyahoga County Council, which voted 6-4 Tuesday on the measure, explained their decision to leave out the children of unmarried straight couples.
The newspaper explains that: "The children of all county employees are covered, regardless of the employee's marital status. The difference in the new law is that the children of the partners of gay county employees are now covered. The children of unmarried partners of heterosexual county employees are not."
From the Plain Dealer:
The reason, council members said, is that heterosexual couples can get married to get benefits for their children.
"This is the first step to be more inclusive," Council Vice President Sunny Simon, who introduced the legislation, said afterward. "They have a choice to get married. This particular group has no choice."
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