An ordinance that would allow domestic partners to register in Duluth will be introduced in the next few weeks, says the Duluth News Tribune. But even City Council Member Jeff Anderson — the city’s first openly gay council member — admitted it would be largely symbolic. And he expects much opposition to the proposal.
But the registration would help same-sex couples — and unmarried heterosexual couples — receive domestic partner benefits from companies that offer them.
“How are companies supposed to know you’re a domestic partner?” said Anderson, who’ll sponsor the ordinance. “This is a municipal entity recognizing it as such, which then makes it easier for those benefits to be administered by their employer, if offered.”
He said Minneapolis and 70 other cities across the country have similar ordinances. According to the Human Rights Campaign, about 51 percent of Fortune 500 companies offer domestic partner benefits to employees.