On Dec. 1, Dane County's new ordinance mandating its contracted agencies provide employees with domestic partner benefits went into effect. Human Services' Green was braced for a backlash, but it never came.
"We were waiting to get calls from people who had concerns about it," she says. It didn't happen. "Everyone has returned a signed contract."
Including the Salvation Army, which will get $750,000 next year from the county to provide homeless services. In 2001, the national Salvation Army forced several chapters to rescind their domestic partner benefits. But Green says the Dane County branch signed its new contract without complaint. "It turned out to be not controversial, as far as I can tell."