The City of Springfield has voted to reverse its decision and will allow partner healthcare benefits for city employees in a civil union, the State Journal-Register reports. On December 28, 2011, the ACLU of Illinois sent a letter to Springfield Mayor Michael Houston urging support for equal benefits to all Springfield city employees.

Spouses of Springfield city employees in civil unions will be eligible for health insurance benefits beginning March 1.

The city’s Joint Labor/Management Health Care Committee voted unanimously this morning to provide the benefits, reversing its December decision.

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