MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- A city committee in Marietta has approved a plan aimed at extending retirement benefits to same-sex couples.<br />
The City Council is now scheduled to consider the change, which would give employees in same-sex relationships the chance to receive retirement benefits now given to men and women who are married.<br />
The Marietta Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1mWptDT ) that the change in the retirement plan was approved Wednesday by a 3-0 vote of the city's personnel and insurance committee.<br />
The change must still be approved by the city council, which is set to take up the matter Sept. 10.<br />
The Marietta newspaper reports that the change stems from an Internal Revenue Service mandate which requires retirement plans to recognize same-sex couples if they were married in a state that has legalized gay marriage.
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