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Buncombe County Approves Domestic Partner Benefits

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Buncombe County's Board of Commissioners has approved providing health and other benefits to domestic partners of county employees. Buncombe County's Board of Commissioners has approved providing health and other benefits to domestic partners of county employees.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -

Buncombe County's Board of Commissioners has approved providing health and other benefits to domestic partners of county employees.

The four Democrats on the board voted in favor of the benefits Tuesday evening, while the three Republicans voted no.

The board heard from the public before the vote.

The Rev. Cody Sturgill told the board that approving the benefits would degrade the importance of marriage and the family.

Patrick Simmons told the board the issue was not about religion or marriage, but simply about providing equal benefits for all employees.

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