Mayor Buddy Dyer of Orlando announced plans to offer domestic-partner benefits to gay city employees when the City Council approves changes to its employee health-care policy. This will make Orlando the first government in Central Florida to do so, joining dozens of municipalities around the states that provide domestic-partner benefits to their employees.
The benefits will only be available to same-sex couples. Unmarried opposite sex couples will not get the benefits since, according to Dyer, "they have the option of marriage."
Dyer is expected to talk about the move to offer benefits, as well as the dangerous affect that Amendment 2 will have on them, at Orlando's Pride celebration. Dyer had been an outspoken opponent of Amendment 2.