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Some Dane County domestic partners to get benefits

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Dane County residents can officially register their domestic partnerships with the county starting Monday.

The domestic-partnership registry was approved when the Dane County Board passed an ordinance in September.

According to the ordinance, companies working for the county on contracts worth at least $5,000 must offer health benefits to their employees' domestic partners, whether of the same or opposite sex.

The county already offers such benefits to its own employees.

Domestic partners must be in a committed relationship for at least 90 days to qualify for registration, which costs $35.

Partners who register and later break up have to notify the county clerk and all benefits providers that the relationship has ended.

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