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Kalamazoo, Michigan retains benefits for gay employees

Over at the Republic of M, good news for folks in Kalamazoo:

Thanks to the dedicated work of our state’s GLBT community, led by the Kalamazoo Alliance for Equality and the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center, the City of Kalamazoo has chosen to retain health insurance and other employment benefits for the families of the city’s gay and lesbian workers.

More than 200 people marched in Wednesday rallies for the past three weeks to help secure this important victory for these vulnerable Kalamazoo famlies.

While the city has set aside what appears to be sufficient funds for this program, KAFE, KGLRC, Triangle Foundation, and the other local and statewide organizations involved in this effort will continue monitoring the situation to make sure that Kalamazoo’s gay and lesbian employees and their families are not charged premiums that straight employees and their families do not have to pay.

Folks can go here to thank City Manager Ken Collard and the Kalamazoo City Commission.

Related:
* Antics with Semantics or How to Insure the Invisible Partner (update)
* Michigan city drops partner benefits, citing marriage amendment
* The rights rollback continues in Michigan

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