There’s could be new day dawning in Toledo, Ohio.

Democratic councilman Joe McNamara has introduced legislation for a domestic partnership registry, thus giving gay couples the option of filing for employer benefits. While some balk at the idea of queer inclusion, McNamara insists it’s for the good of the city’s coffers:

This is a creative-class-driven issue. Studies have shown a community that’s accepting is more attractive to the creative class. Something like this helps Toledo’s reputation, whether or not it’s used.

Equality Toledo honcho David Mann agrees, “[It]will cost the city of Toledo nothing [and] will provide real benefit for those families and an opportunity to have their relationship recognized”.

Toledo’s city council will hold a meeting Friday to discuss McNamara’s proposal. Hopefully greed will overcome any homophobia council folk may harbor…

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