June 5, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Miami Beach passes tax equity ordinance
Miami Beach, Florida, Gay News, Washington Blade

Miami Beach (Photo by Matt Wade via Wikimedia Commons)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla.—A Florida LGBT advocacy group on Wednesday applauded the Miami Beach City Commission for unanimously passing a tax equity ordinance that allows the city to reimburse municipal employees in domestic partnerships who pay extra taxes on health benefits that married heterosexuals do not have to pay.

“This ordinance finally puts city employees in domestic partnerships, whether same- or opposite-sex, on a level playing field with couples in legally recognized marriages when it comes to paying taxes on health benefits,” SAVE Dade Executive Director CJ Ortuño said.

Ortuño noted city employees in domestic partnerships paid nearly $1,000 a year more than their married heterosexual counterparts.

“The new policy corrects that inequality,” he said.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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