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Salt Lake County Considers Extending Benefits to Designated Adults

Salt Lake County Considers Extending Benefits to Designated Adults

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Andrew Adams, KSL Newsradio It's back. A proposal that would give benefits to same-sex partners of Salt Lake County workers. Under this proposal, same-sex partners could get benefits, and so could parents, brothers, sisters -- even long-time roommates of county workers.

County councilwoman Jenny Wilson says it makes sense for more than a few people. "I think in today's day and age, we know, we have a very broad idea of what a family can be."

Some of the opponents to the previous proposal are at least sounding more interested this time around. The council is expected to discuss the issue tomorrow.

The proposal comes nearly two years after an effort to extend health benefits to unmarried partners failed on a party-line vote. The plan is similar to Salt Lake City's. Last year the city started offering health insurance benefits to "adult designees" of city workers who live in the same household but are not married to the employee.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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