Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bill Would Require City Contractors to Provide Same-Sex Benefits

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bill Would Require City Contractors to Provide Same-Sex Benefits

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Pittsburgh City Councilman Bruce Kraus has sponsored legislation that would require companies with city contracts over $250,000 to provide benefits for same-sex domestic partners.

The legislation was introduced last week and was due to come up for discussion and a preliminary vote Wednesday, but it was held when an attorney with the city's law department could not make the council meeting.

Mr. Kraus said the legislation is as much about equality as it is about attracting the best talent.

"The whole point of doing this kind of legislation is about creating a broad-based, diversified workforce," Mr. Kraus said. "We want to attract the best and the brightest."

Mr. Kraus' bill was introduced just a week after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, opening the door for federal recognition of same-sex marriages in states that allow it. But he said the timing of the bill was coincidental.

Nonetheless, recent change signifies that the public is embracing equality, he said. …

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