Philly Measure Offers Tax Credits for Benefits to Same-Sex Partners

Thursday, 29 Nov 2012 01:42 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Philadelphia city leaders were expected to consider a proposal today that would extend tax credits to employers who provide healthcare benefits to same-sex partners., according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
 
City Councilman James Kenney, who is sponsoring the statute proposal, told Inquirer it would make the city, already popular with gays and lesbians, and even more attractive place for them to live.
 
"A lot of changes we are making will make Philadelphia more attractive to [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] people and make them want to settle here," Kenney said. "They are good job creators, good taxpayers, and good employees."
 
Kenney’s proposal would also guarantee same-sex partners the right to visit loved ones in hospitals and make medical decisions for them. The councilman said he wants to give them the same rights heterosexuals have.
 
According to the Inquirer, the law would exempt same-sex partners from the city’s real estate transfer tax because married couples don’t have to pay it and it would change city forms to add a “self-identify” gender option instead of only male or female.
 
The program wouldn’t burden employers, Kenney said, because it involves a tax credit as an incentive. Employers could choose not to participate.

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