The city of Orlando is granting health benefits to the same-sex partners of municipal workers.

The measure, proposed by Mayor Buddy Dyer, was unanimously accepted by city council Monday.

“I think it’s the right thing to do,” said Dyer.

The move makes Orlando the first local government in Central Florida to provide the benefits, although about two dozen other cities in the state already provide similar benefits.

To join the plan, gay and lesbian employees will have to sign an affidavit swearing they are in a long-term, committed relationship.

Lesbian city commissioner Patty Sheehan said the change will not affect a large number of employees, but is still meaningful and to those workers’ families who will benefit.

“It’s a matter of life and death to them,” Sheehan said.

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