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Eau Claire City Council to look at same-sex partnership benefits

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The Eau Claire City Council could soon weigh in on whether changes should be made to insurance benefits for same sex couples.

Right now, city employees in a same-sex partnership are not offered the option of family insurance, only an individual plan.  Two city council members have been working on a resolution to offer couples, registered in a same-sex domestic partnership, the option of family insurance.

The resolution was sparked after Clay Wanta, a detective for the Eau Claire Police Department, expressed his concerns.  His partner, Pete Brandt, has insurance through their car detail business and Wanta has his through the city.

Clay Wanta says,  "It means to me that people in the city can see, and the people running the city, will see that whether you are a straight couple or a gay couple, that you matter to the city and that you're a valued employee. Because it's about equality, I should have the same rights, my partner and I should have the same rights as any other employee."

"Hopefully it makes our city more attractive to future employees, that can look and say, the City of Eau Claire is offering these benefits, it might be a community I want to work in" says City Council Member Mark Olson

The council could vote on the resolution on Tuesday.

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