UPDATE: Stevens Point Approves Domestic Partner Benefits

By: WSAW Staff/ Associated Press Email
By: WSAW Staff/ Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 6/18 at 12:36 p.m.

The Stevens Point City Council has approved domestic partner benefits for its workers.

Stevens Point Mayor Andrew Halverson say the vote passed 9-2 at Monday's common council meeting.

Halverson say it is a tremendous step in the right direction. Mayor Halverson did not believe anyone would immediately benefit from the decision.

The domestic partner benefits cover same-sex and heterosexual couples.

The final paper to get domestic partners covered will be presented next month to the city's personnel committee where it's expected to approved. Benefits will go into effect pending that approval.

ORIGINAL STORY: 6/13 at 12:48 p.m.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- The city of Stevens Point is considering offering domestic partner benefits to its workers.

Stevens Point Journal Media reports the City Council will consider allowing workers to cover their domestic partners under their health insurance at its Monday meeting. The move would only apply to same-sex couples.

A handful of other Wisconsin communities already offer domestic partner benefits, including the state's largest cities -- Milwaukee, Madison and Racine.

Stevens Point Mayor Andrew Halverson says offering health coverage for city workers' partners is the right thing to do.

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