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Douglas County eyes benefits for same-sex couples

(Information in the following story is from: Omaha World-Herald,

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Douglas County will consider extending benefits to same-sex spouses of county employees who were legally married in other states.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the county board will consider a measure on Tuesday that would allow the couples to apply for all county benefits, including health insurance.

Douglas County is self-insured. As written, the measure would go into effect on Jan. 1. The board might also consider re-opening the sign-up window to allow same-sex spouses of current employees to enroll.

Board chairwoman Mary Ann Borgeson says the measure would affect a handful of county employees.

Nebraska doesn't recognize same-sex relationships. Neighboring Iowa has allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry since 2009.

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