Cincinnati and Dayton.
These are two Ohio cities that have recently succeeded in passing Equal Partner Benefits and a Domestic Partner Registry respectively.
Support is growing across Ohio to provide basic domestic partner for city employees and domestic partner registries for citizens. These cities join Athens, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights and Columbus in paving the way for equality.
In a recent Dayton Daily News article, City Commissioner Nan Whaley spoke in support of the city’s proposed ordinance saying this is an effort to make the city “more open to everyone...we want to be open for business for all kinds of people.”
On Wednesday, May 2nd, The Domestic Partner Registry in Dayton passed 5-0 followed by a 8-1 vote in Cincinnati establishing Equal Partner Benefits
Middletown is approaching a similar ordinance by voting to study the effect of domestic partner benefits.
“...doing what is right and fair, and addressing inequality when it becomes apparent, is just simply the right thing to do.” Said City Councilman A.J. Smith in a Column for the Middletown Journal.
Ohio cities continue to make progress in the name of equality and it is our hope that as these efforts will not only help Ohio maintain an economic advantage, but also provide more evidence that Ohio can truly be a place where everyone feels at home.