Janesville, Wis., approves partnership measure

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The Janesville City Council on Nov. 12 approved a measure extending domestic partnership benefits to city and library employees and their partners.

The vote, according to Fair Wisconsin, was 6-1.

Janesville is the hometown of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP’s vice presidential candidate on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Katie Belanger of Fair Wisconsin issued a statement shortly after the vote. She said, “This decision marks an important victory for fairness. Janesville’s vision for creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace makes them a leader in our efforts to build a more fair and just state for all Wisconsinites.”

Belanger thanked the city council, specifically Councilmembers Sam Liebert and Russ Steeber, who co-sponsored the measure.

“We are very proud to have worked with the Janesville City Councilmembers over the last year to support their efforts to make Janesville a fairer place to live and work,” she said.

“Providing domestic partner benefits and creating a more inclusive workplace is a critical step toward building a stronger, more diverse workforce that will lead Janesville and Wisconsin in the years ahead.”

Other governments providing partnership coverage to their employees include the State of Wisconsin, the cities of Appleton, Racine, Eau Claire and Manitowoc, city and county of Milwaukee, and Marquette University.

Private sector employers in the state offering such coverage include SC Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, Aurora Health Care and MillerCoors.