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Same-sex partner benefits proposed for Outagamie County workers

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - The leader of Outagamie County wants to extend benefits to same-sex domestic partners of the county's workers.

Tom Nelson outlined his plans at a roundtable discussion Monday. Nelson says the program would be based off of the statewide domestic partner registry.

Nelson says 300 private companies in Wisconsin, and 26 other counties, municipalities or school systems in the state already have such benefit programs in place. Those include the Appleton School District and the City of Appleton.

Nelson says the extended benefits have had, “little or no impact on the bottom lines” of the city or school district. He added that it's time Outagamie County shows it's an accepting and open place for people to live.

The president of Wisconsin Family Action, a conservative group based in Madison, tells FOX 11 extending same-sex partner benefits, “sends the wrong message,” and will negatively affect taxpayers.