Group starts petition driver over benefits vote
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Opponents of a proposal to expand benefits to domestic partners of Chattanooga city employees say the issue should be decided by referendum.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1ig2Gmd ) reports the conservative group Citizens for Government Accountability & Transparency is starting a petition drive asking that the issue be put to voters if the City Council gives the measure final approval and does not repeal it.
Chattanooga's City Council voted 5-4 Tuesday night to give initial approval to the measure to extend benefits to domestic partners. A final vote is expected next week.
The measure would make Chattanooga the third city in Tennessee to expand benefits to same-sex couples, after Collegedale and Knoxville.