Thursday, March 31, 2005

City Hall Update: Human Rights

Three years ago, I passed a significant expansion of the city's Equal Benefits Ordinance, which requires city contractors to provide the same health benefits package to domestic partners, often same-sex, as they do to married partners. Just last month, with the help of Mayor Hahn, we completed another major expansion of the ordinance: it now applies to contractors with the city's three proprietary departments, the airport, the harbor, and DWP. The commissions of each body voted unanimously to adopt the ordinance; the effort was inspired by a worker from Nissan, who has a contract with DWP but does not offer domestic partner health benefits. If they want to renew their contract, they'll have to do the right thing!