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City Council votes to recognize domestic partnershipsSubmitted: 06/18/2013
City Council votes to recognize domestic partnerships
Story By WJFW News Team

STEVENS POINT - Stevens Point moved one step closer to recognizing same-sex partnerships last night.

The city council voted to offer domestic partner benefits for city workers.

The change would allow city workers to cover their partners under their health insurance. It would apply to both same-sex and opposite-sex couples.

Milwaukee, Madison and Racine are among Wisconsin cities that allow something similar.

The City Council passed the idea on a 9-2 vote.

City Attorney Andrew Logan Beveridge will work with other city leaders to finalize the wording of the ordinance.

Then it will go forward to the full council for approval next month.

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