One of the primary messages that is repeated over and over by Councilman Chris Anderson, Mayor Berke and their supporters is that their “Benefits & Equity Ordinance” is all about equality. Sounds all fair and good on the surface. But if one takes just a minute to read the Summary of the Ordinance provided by Mr. Anderson and the Office of the City Attorney, which has also been fully embraced by the Mayor, it’s abundantly clear that they never had any intentions of being fair or seeking equity.
I have said for some time that this ordinance should be renamed the “Sex” ordinance because that is clearly the identifying characteristic of the relationships to be covered by this ordinance – they must include a sexual component. And if there is no sex, then you get no benefits.
Doubt it? Then here’s proof. The Summary of Benefits & Equity Ordinance states this:
“The city employee and domestic partner cannot be lineal ancestors or descendants or related to a degree of kinship that would prevent marriage under the laws of the State of Tennessee.”
Yes, you read that correctly. Incredibly the ordinance, proffered by self-professed homosexual Councilman Chris Anderson, specifically excludes family members from qualifying for the benefit. So if you happen to be a single individual working for the city of Chattanooga and your brother, sister, mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, older adult daughter or son live with you, then you and they get NOTHING! NADA! These long-time family relationships qualify for exactly ZERO of these benefits.
So much for equality.
So much for fairness.
So much for “equal benefits for equal work” – the slogan Anderson and his followers love to chant every time a TV camera is around.
In addition to the deception of Councilman Anderson, Mayor Berke and their supporters, what is beyond belief is that they then chose to disqualify all of these individuals from receiving these sex-based benefits under the excuse that the marriage laws of the State of Tennessee would not recognize them as being able to marry legally.
Are you serious?
Meanwhile Anderson and Berke want to ignore and violate the Tennessee Constitution that clearly defines that marriage is between one man and one woman and does not recognize common law marriages.
What hypocrisy! If ever there was an ordinance that is blatantly unequal, unfair and serves to benefit the individual proffering this ill conceived initiative it is the “Benefits & Equity Ordinance” aka the Sex Ordinance.
If you agree that this is a horrible ordinance and deserves to be defeated, call or email your city councilman and the Mayor, and ask your friends to do the same. You can make a difference if you chose to engage in this battle.