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Indianapolis looks at domestic partner benefits

Updated: June 5, 2012 11:24PM



INDIANAPOLIS — Health-care benefits would be offered to the domestic partners of Indianapolis city workers under a proposal being pushed in the City-County Council.

The proposal formally introduced and assigned to a committee Monday would offer insurance coverage to both same-sex and heterosexual unmarried couples. A city consultant estimates that fewer than 30 of nearly 7,500 eligible workers would apply for the coverage.

Democratic Councilman Zach Adamson tells WTHR-TV the proposal would help in recruiting and retaining a quality workforce.

Some council members are concerned about the additional cost. A spokesman for Republican Mayor Greg Ballard tells The Indianapolis Star that the mayor is open to supporting the proposal if the financial impact isn’t too much.

The city of Bloomington and some state universities provide benefits for employees’ same-sex partners.



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