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DALLAS, Texas (1080 KRLD) – The Dallas City Council has voted to extend retirement benefits to the same sex spouses of city employees.

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The item was put forward by the Dallas Employees’ Retirement Fund board, including retired city employee John Rogers.

“The gay and lesbian employees of the city work just as hard, work just as many years and contribute the same amount of money to the pension as any other employee – and we are entitled to receive the same benefits as our colleagues” said Rogers.

Council Member Lee Kleinman spearheaded the effort to look at the Dallas Employees’ Retirement Fund board’s proposal to add same sex spouses.

Council Member Sheffie Kadane was against the motion.

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“This is going to cost the city quite a bit because there will be legal ramifications” said Councilman Kadane.

An opinion for the city attorney’s office was issued last week saying that under federal law, Internal Revenue Service qualified pension funds are to treat married couples equally.

The new policy only applies to people who were legally married or have a certificate of common law marriage on file with the city.

The Police and Fire Pension Boards are currently not extending benefits to same sex married couples.

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