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From 2014 to 2016, the percentage of employers providing benefits to same-sex partners in legally recognized civil unions fell from 51 percent to 31 percent. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The state of Wisconsin has become the latest to change the rules on domestic partner benefits, with a new statute, Wis. Stat. § 66.0510, prohibiting all municipalities, counties and school districts from offering employee benefit plan coverage to domestic partners of employees as of January 1, 2018.

The National Law Review reports that in the debates surrounding the statute’s passage, the legislature argued that the state’s recent legalization of same-sex marriage eliminated the need for government employers to offer benefit plans that cover domestic partners.

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