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already law in some of Wisconsin's major cities. A rule allowing
domestic partners the same rights as a husband and wife. Now, the
City of Stevens Point is considering it as well.
will be different opinions, and I think that all should be heard and
respected," Stevens Point Mayor Andrew Halverson said.
says the proposal would allow a city worker to include his or her
same-sex partner on the city's health insurance plan. The city has
discussed this idea for months.
about being all-inclusive to everyone in our city and really it's
about equality," Halverson said.
it's equality that has opponents upset. Newsline 9 spoke with one
city council member who wouldn't speak on camera until tonight's
meeting. He said if these benefits are given to same sex couples,
then heterosexual couples should also be included. The mayor says
he's open to changing the plan, but he defends the way it's written
argument is at times, what if they don't want to get married or what
if they choose not to get married. So, I say, that's wonderful that
they have a choice on the matter, but what about the same sex
partnership that doesn't have a choice," Halverson said.
city council will hear all sides tonight and made the ultimate
decision. A vote is expected tonight. Newsline 9 will have a crew at
the meeting and will update this story as more details become
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