The Edina City Council passed an ordinance on Tuesday creating a domestic partner registry in that city. The move allows same-sex couples to take advantage of family memberships in city services and will allow city employees to take advantage of benefits currently only available to married couples.

“We were not just the fourth city in this state to have a domestic partner ordinance; we’re the first suburb,” Edina Mayor Jim Hovland said in a statement. “So whether we were the first, fiftieth or five-hundredth, take pride in the fact that your community believes in fundamental fairness for all.”

Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth have all passed ordinances to create domestic partner registries.

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Andy Birkey

Andy Birkey

Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.

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