Employee benefits for Collegedale same sex couple
The Supreme Court ruled this week that same sex couples can receive federal benefits.
The Collegedale City Commission also voted 4-1 in favor of allowing same sex couples to be eligible for employee benefits. This would be the first city in the state of Tennessee that would extend employee benefits to domestic partners.
Its been a long road and a tough fight for Kat and Krista Cooper. Kat is a veteran detective at the Collegedale Police Department. Many describe her as passionate, caring and dedicated to making a difference in her community.
After meeting the love of her life Krista, the couple married during a civil ceremony in Maryland and celebrated in town with friends and family. Tennessee does not recognize same-sex marriages from other states.
After working for the police department for 11 years, she wanted to put her wife on the company's health benefits plan. Something the Coopers and Kat's father thought were their basic constitutional right.
Hunt Cooper said, "They're exactly like everyone else. They're happy, they have the same concerns, hopes and desires and fears."
Channel 3 reached out to Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke for his stance on benefits for same sex couples and this was his response:
"We are still in the process of reviewing the processes and functions of each department of city government. That includes taking a look at the benefits for all city employees."