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UPDATE: Stevens Point to consider domestic partner benefits

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -

It's 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.

"There will be different opinions, and I think that all should be heard and respected," Stevens Point Mayor Andrew Halverson said.

Halverson 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.

"It's about being all-inclusive to everyone in our city and really it's about equality," Halverson said.

But 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 now.

"The 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.

The 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 available.

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