CHARLOTTE, N.C. — City Council is due to consider cutting same-gender couples’ domestic partner benefits at their next business meeting on July 27.

The Charlotte Observer first reported the city might consider dropping the benefits on July 9. This newspaper has editorialized against dropping the benefits.

Council will consider the change on Monday, following a recommendation from City Human Resources Director Cheryl Brown following June’s landmark same-gender marriage decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

“In light of the recent United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges relating to state recognition of same-sex marriages under the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution,” wrote Brown in a memo released Thursday with Council’s next agenda, “staff recommends ending the policy offering coverage for same-sex domestic partners at the expiration of the current benefit plan year (December 31, 2015), and offering benefit coverage to legal spouses of all qualifying City employees, whether same-sex or opposite-sex spouses, effective at the beginning of the next benefit plan year (January 1, 2016). With the recent ruling, same-sex couples now have the option of legally-recognized marriage; therefore, this change will treat both same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples the same.”

According to the memo, only 19 employees or retirees have opted into the domestic partner benefits, which are offered only to same-gender couples.

As legal marriage has opened up to same-gender couples across the U.S., some companies have dropped domestic partner benefits. Others, including Wells Fargo, which has a large Charlotte presence, have opted to keep the benefits.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.