Alderpersons voted 9-2 to extend the benefits to both heterosexual and same-sex couples following a lengthy discussion.
Before the decision, 14 members of the public were allowed to weigh in and present their pleas for consideration. Six were in favor and eight were against, with most of those opposed referring to teachings in the Bible and of Jesus Christ, as well as the morality of the issue.
“This may be an attempt to achieve homosexual marriage by another name, domestic partnership registry is being used to attack the will of Wisconsin voters who voted down homosexual marriage,” said Jennifer Dunnett, Stevens Point.
“I am in favor of benefits for domestic partners, I think it’s the fair approach,” said Mildred Neville, Stevens Point.