Miami Dade’s Bay Harbor Islands Town Approves Domestic Partnership Ordinance

The small island-town Bay Harbor Islands, just west of the posh Bal Harbour Shops in Miami-Dade County, has unanimously approved a domestic partnership ordinance.

The measure passed last week and will guarantee LGBT town employees the same workplace rights and benefits straight city employees enjoy, like adding a partner to an employee’s health insurance.

“With a minimal fiscal impact, this ordinance will make our Town more competitive and fairer in retaining and recruiting the highest quality of employees, regardless of their personal sexual orientation.  I am proud to have sponsored such legislation," Bay Harbor Islands Vice Mayor Jordan W. Leonard told SAVE Dade.

According to SAVE Dade Executive Director CJ Ortuño, his organization assisted the town with the ordinance’s language and helped explain the financial impact of the proposed bill.

“Many people don’t realize that these benefits don’t cost the Town much, since gay and lesbian relationships are not recognized by our federal or state government; and that the ordinance simply allows for the ability to put their loved one on their health insurance,” Ortuño said. Sergio N. Candido

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