Yesterday, Broward County, Florida sent a strong message to assure its LGBT-residents that they embrace the county's rich diversity and value all families who call South Florida home. The Broward County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to support an amendment to expand the county's Domestic Partnership Ordinance.
The ordinance places Broward County's domestic partnership policies among the strongest in the country. Broward's new ordinance is Florida's first countywide Equal Benefits Ordinance (EBO), a measure that requires the county's vendors to provide domestic partners with benefits equal to those offered to spouses of married employees.
In recent years EBOs have been adopted as a state law in California, and in the cities of San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Olympia, Minneapolis, and Portland. In 2005, Miami Beach became the first city in Florida to pass such a law. Now Broward has become the first county, Pollitzer said.
According to Stratton Pollitzer, deputy director for Equality Florida:
"By enacting this ordinance, Broward County adopts one of the nation's most significant policies furthering workplace equality. Today, Broward County continues its long history of leadership in the area of human rights by delivering on the promise of equal pay for equal work. If you want to do business with Broward County, you must treat domestic partners and married employees equally."