Tuesday, January 19, 2016

City Council Committee Approves Extending MLGW Pension Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 11:28 AM

The Memphis City Council's Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW) committee voted Tuesday morning to extend the utility's spousal pension benefits to same-sex spouses of employees.

The change to MLGW's pension plan is required under federal law following last summer's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage across the country.

The measure passed without much question, but new District 2 councilmember Frank Colvett actually said, "So same-sex couples can't marry in Tennessee though." To which an MLGW representative responded, "Absolutely they can." To that, Colvett followed with "You mean if a couple marries in Alaska, we have to recognize it in Tennessee." Sounds like Colvett is apparently clueless about the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage.

The resolution to amend MLGW's pension plan to include updated language and remove "man and woman" from their definition of marriage will go to the full council meeting this evening. Since MLGW is required by federal law to make this change, it will likely pass.

click to enlarge MLGW
  • MLGW

Tags: , ,

Keep the Flyer Free!

Always independent, always free (never a paywall),
the Memphis Flyer is your source for the best in local news and information.

Now we want to expand and enhance our work.
That's why we're asking you to join us as a Frequent Flyer member.

You'll get membership perks (find out more about those here) and help us continue to deliver the independent journalism you've come to expect.


Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment


Readers also liked…

© 1996-2020

Contemporary Media
65 Union, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation