In a controversial move, the Fort Worth City Council may consider granting health benefits for domestic partners of city employees.

The Fort Worth diversity task force will present 20 recommendations to the city council on Tuesday in an effort to make the city more inclusive to all people.

"The City of Fort Worth is going to do things that it should have done a long time ago in granting and acknowledging that all people in the city of Fort Worth need to be treated equally," said Jon Nelson, a task force member.

Among the other recommendations are extending health insurance coverage to include sex change operations and providing all employees with diversity training.

The police chief will also write a letter to recruits about diversity. City council members vote next week on updating the current non-discrimination ordinance to include gender orientation.

The recommendations come in the wake of the Rainbow Lounge incident in which nine people were arrested, including Chad Gibson, who was seriously injured during the inspection.

The incident sparked national debate and local outcry for same-sex rights on the municipal level. Now, members say, good is sprouting from the controversial incident.

"This is the result of a disaster, but I think it is a realization on the part of the city management and city government that things do need to change," Nelson said. "This wouldn't happen without the Rainbow Lounge."

But not everyone is happy with the recommendations.

Tarrant County Republican Chairwoman Stephanie Klick said the proposals are too liberal, and they would be a mistake if enacted.

"We live in Fort Worth, not in San Francisco," she said.

Politics aside, Klick said, the new benefits may scare businesses away and could create issues in the work place. They would also have a potential impact on taxpayers.

"Now is not the time to go on a spending spree, and make no mistake, these benefits will cost the taxpayers of Fort Worth," she said.

Nelson said other cities, such as El Paso, have enacted similar benefits for less than $200,000.

"It's a drop in the bucket," he said. "The funds are not significant."

The city council will be presented the recommendations during their pre-council meeting, but they will not vote on any of the proposals Tuesday.

Most of the recommendations will be enacted immediately while others, such as domestic partner benefits, will be evaluated to see whether they are affordable.