San Francisco Stop Requires Airlines To Offer Same Sex Benefits

September 14, 2001 ( -A federal appeals court has upheld a San Francisco ordinance that requires all airline carriers utilizing the city's international airport to offer domestic partner benefits.

The 1997 law requires contractors doing business with the city to offer the same benefits to unmarried partners as employees? spouses. The ruling excludes health and pension benefits that are protected by federal law.

Although airline carriers claimed the city’s ordinance represented an unlawful intrusion into collective bargaining agreements with their unionized workers, the appeals court was not persuaded – likening the ordinance to a “minimum labor standard or an anti-discrimination law.”

– Nevin Adams