Group starts petition driver over benefits vote

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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 ( ) 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.


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