Aberdeen adopts new domestic-partnership policy

The Aberdeen City Council adopted a new domestic-partnership policy Wednesday night, allowing same-sex couples with at least one person employed by the city to receive the same kinds of benefits as married couples, according to The Daily World of Aberdeen.

The city provides free health insurance for employees, who pay a co-pay. Nothing is deducted from individual paychecks, unless an employee has a spouse or a dependent.

The policy change was a result of the state’s passage of Referendum 71 last month. Referendum 71 passed with 53 percent of the vote statewide; in Grays Harbor, it was rejected by 53 percent of voters.

Other cities in Grays Harbor County are expected to introduce the same change in benefits soon.