Kevin Beckner, Hillsborough County's first openly gay commissioner, is asking for the county to look into of providing health benefits for Hillsborough County employees domestic partners. The county is preparing bid requests for a new employee health plan for October that will last for 6 years, so Beckner decided to bring up the topic.
The move to simply look into the cost and benefits of offering domestic partnership benefits has sparked expected reaction from the ultra-conservative Florida Family Association's Executive director, David Caton (who used homophobic robocalls to try and defeat Beckner during his campaign).
Caton, a backer of Florida's Amendment 2 and who says he is looking to propose a county charter amendment to block domestic partnership benefits in Hillsborough, is rallying his followers to bombard the commission with emails and calls against the expansion of benefits.
Show your support for the equality of all families and employees in Florida by contacting the Hillsborough Commission and supporting Commissioner Beckner's request. (Contact info after the jump)...