Domestic partners claim benefits

(WEAU) - "It’s good to know that the city supports same-sex couples and domestic partners," said Detective Clayton Wanta, Eau Claire Police Department.

The Eau Claire City Council passed the resolution 10 to 1 back in April.

As of July 1st city employees like Detective Clayton Wanta and his partner are finally seeing results.

"He's very happy because again it comes to fairness and equality and it was great to see that the city recognized that and it shouldn't matter that it's a same sex couple or not," said Wanta.

City Council Vice President Dave Duax says he's heard from a few people who have opposed the change because of concerns with cost.

"There's no real impact on property taxes. The cost of our health insurance has been fixed by contract with Group Health Cooperative," said City Council Vice President Dave Duax.

"I think it’s good and I think some of the angst that was originally there for folks has kind of died down," said Council member, Andrew Werthmann.

The city says so far two city employees have applied for the new insurance benefits.

To get the new benefits a partner must live in the same household as the city employee, be over the age of 18 and be registered with the county as a domestic partnership.

"There are folks in our community who have felt for so long in some ways that their relationships were second class," said Werthmann.

At the same time, Wanta says he wasn't worried the benefits wouldn't follow through.

"I got a request from Human Resources making sure I have my partner fill out the necessary paper work and get everything filled with Group Health," said Wanta.

Wanta says the city's approval is a great stepping stone for the future.

He also says if Wisconsin does approve gay marriage, he and his partner will tie the knot.


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  • by VulgarDisplayofPower Location: EC on Jul 11, 2012 at 11:51 AM
    Marry who you want and be happy with your life. If someone else doesn't like it that's their own insecurity. Does it really matter what someone thinks about you who has nothing to do with your life? Let them judge and be miserable.
  • by Peter on Jul 11, 2012 at 10:32 AM
    What about bisexuals who have meaningful relationships with two people at a time? By what criteria are they judged not to also deserve benefits for both partners? Why limit it to one partner?
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      by Superstar on Jul 11, 2012 at 01:23 PM in reply to Peter
      Peter, your prejudice against the sexuality of other adults is really showing through. And just so you know, most people would be embarrassed to be so ignorant.
      • reply
        by Peter on Jul 11, 2012 at 03:06 PM in reply to Superstar
        Tell me how I'm wrong? Enlighten me please.
  • by Chante on Jul 10, 2012 at 02:32 PM
    Why is it that other peoples business is any concern of yours? Who cares if your gay straight black white fat or skinny! What is this world coming to? What happend to all you "god loving people"? God loves everyone, and forgives anyone NO MATTER WHAT. So why hate on somebody that lives a different life then yours? is it affecting you at all? no. This sickens me seeing people filled with such hate, and jugdes people by the cover. Your not perfect either, quit acting like it. RUDE!
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      by Alan Smithee on Jul 11, 2012 at 09:13 PM in reply to Chante
      I am shocked! Shocked...that you can type that much of your message and omit the word bigot. "RUDE!" only scratches the surface. Our parents' generation was against mixed race couples. Since then, it's quite common to see these couples in public and openly showing affection. I guess that our homophobia now will be what the next generation shrugs their shoulders about. I predict that 200 years from now, 90% of all newborns will be of mixed race. Where will our gay and lesbian friends be as far as our cultural evolution? It doesn't make sense to HATE someone for whom they LOVE. But don't worry, the last ones to "get it" will be our elected officials. We'll need another Civil Rights (Unions?) Movement just like in the 1960s.
  • by Jim on Jul 9, 2012 at 07:55 PM
    To all you christian-haters.....this country was founded on christian principles; now that we have de-christianized our country, the collapse of the country is near.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2012 at 06:52 AM in reply to Jim
      if you were to look up what the founding fathers actually stood for, you would see how false this is. in fact, it is in the first amendment. the founding fathers thought it was laughable people were still worshiping god, even in the 1700's.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2012 at 03:10 PM in reply to Jim
      Don't look now, but your ignorance is showing. Religion had NO PART in the founding of this nation. Our motto used to be "E Pluribus Unum" or "Out of Many, One". It wasn't changed until the Red Scare in the 1950's.
    • reply
      by kim on Jul 10, 2012 at 04:26 PM in reply to Jim
      saying that does not it true, and the constitution begs to differ with you -
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      by krb on Jul 10, 2012 at 07:21 PM in reply to Jim
      Are you referring to the GOP that uses religion for political gain?
  • by Kate Location: ec on Jul 9, 2012 at 03:21 PM
    citing th bible does not help a cause
  • by Leisa Location: Eau Claire on Jul 9, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    I am a Christian and I support gays, my son is gay. When you watch a young child struggle within themselves and pray and beg God to change them and at times they would rather die...that is NOT a choice!! People talk about God making Adam and Eve and not Adam and Steve, well God also made my son. I don't claim to have all the answers and I have questions for God, but I am sure of a couple things...my husband and I love our son and are proud of him!!! And .. God loves our son!!! My son is a kind, strong, beautiful human being and a blessing. Why don't we all try living by the golden rule?
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2012 at 06:02 PM in reply to Leisa
      Your son is a lucky man to have you as his mother.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2012 at 06:53 AM in reply to Leisa
      you are awesome.
    • reply
      by mom on Jul 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM in reply to Leisa
      Your son should be very proud to call you his mom. You are awesome!!!
  • by Jay on Jul 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM
    More Christian love, and tolerance being shown here as usual.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2012 at 06:29 AM
    First of all I want to say that some of the best people I know are gay, and they are not hate filled like so many on these blogs. Second, what does it hurt for an insurance company to cover someone? What business is it of yours? Does you insurance company cover mental health benefits, because a lot of you could benefit from that!!
  • by Tiphaknee on Jul 9, 2012 at 05:26 AM
    1. homosexuality is not a choice. if it was, can you tell me when you decided to be straight? 2. just because the bible says it's an abominations, doesn't mean it is. that book is old, and it's filled with a bunch of "laws" we no longer follow. stop picking one and ignoring the rest! 3. if you don't support gay marriage, don't get one. stop choosing for other people and pushing your views on them. 4. if you really don't like the gays, blame the straight people. they're the ones that keep having gay kids (SARCASM)
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      by Benny on Jul 10, 2012 at 02:15 PM in reply to Tiphaknee
      Could not have stated it better than you just did. Bravo to you, love your 4th point, and love the spin on your name.
    • reply
      by Phil on Jul 10, 2012 at 08:14 PM in reply to Tiphaknee
      Love the last point!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 8, 2012 at 11:28 PM
    All these "I know you are, but what am I?" comments are very entertaining. What all of you from both the left and right have in common is that, with 7 Billion people breathing on the planet today, you are all insignificant. You exercise your opinions (and, sometimes facts) and think you matter on this smalltown website. This sounding board makes you feel important in your otherwise mundane lives. Also, your lack of civility to each other is due to your lack of respect since we have so many people. If someone has an opposing point of view, they are less than human and, therefore, a target for your venomous replies. Very few of you contribute any meaningful discourse. There are too many "sez you" or "oh, yeah?!" than offering a valid or coherent (or in many cases good grammar and spelling) defense of whatever your opinion may be on any topic. You are entitled to your opinion, but not your own facts.
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      by Bill on Jul 9, 2012 at 05:22 AM in reply to Anonymous
      Very well stated, I am in the same line of thinking as you. I often wonder why many "humans" consider themselves the species of superior intellegence, yet their actions confirm otherwise.
    • reply
      by Minnetonka, MN on Jul 9, 2012 at 06:04 PM in reply to Anonymous
      Indeed.
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