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Domestic Partner Benefits

On June 29, 2009 Gov. Jim Doyle signed into law a state budget authorizing the provision of health insurance benefits to same- and opposite-sex domestic partnerships. The budget also authorized the creation of a same-sex domestic partner registry. UW-Madison and all UW-System schools now provide domestic partner benefits.

For several years prior to the passage of this budget, the UW-Madison had supported the need to provide benefits for domestic partners equal to those it provides to partners legally permitted to marry in the state of Wisconsin. Until the passage of this budget, its ability to do so completely was limited by the State of Wisconsin's refusal to provide health insurance benefits to domestic partners and by the passage of an amendment to the state constitution that recognized "only a marriage between one man and one woman [as] valid or recognized" and prohibited "a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals" from being recognized. Many UW-Madison faculty, staff, students and administrative leaders strongly oppossed passage of this admendment.

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