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Detective Kat Cooper, left, holds the hand of her mother Linda, right, and speaks with her wife, Krista, at a Collegedale Commission workshop Monday. Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press Detective Kat Cooper, left, holds the hand of her mother Linda, right, and speaks with her wife, Krista, at a Collegedale Commission workshop Monday. Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press
COLLEGEDALE, HAMILTON COUNTY -

(Times Free Press) - Collegedale, poised to become the first Tennessee city to extend health benefits to employees' same-sex partners, may broaden who is eligible for those benefits even further.

City Commissioner Katie Lamb said the city should consider providing health insurance to employees and their partners -- whether they are partners through a civil union or even common law marriage.

She said a common law married employee should not be denied access to family insurance.

"I just don't see the point in discriminating against anybody," Lamb said.

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