While the Supreme Court's ruling last week on same-sex marriage was a victory for gay rights, it could lead to some fallout when it comes to benefits for both gay and heterosexual couples. Domestic-partner benefits may decline as employers reassess their human-resources HR plans following the ruling, according to Aon Hewitt, which estimates that 77 percent of employers currently offer same-sex domestic partner health care coverage. Many employers extended these benefits because gay couples often didn't have the right to marry, but now that marriage is legal for them nationwide, HR experts say some of those companies may drop domestic partner benefits. Even before the Supreme Court made its ruling, some companies were already tweaking their benefits, given that 37 states and the District of Columbia had legalized gay marriage. Verizon gave same-sex couples in states where it was legal six months to get married, or else forfeit the benefits.
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Same-sex marriage has been legalized in twenty-eight countries, including the United States, and civil unions are recognized in many Western democracies. Civil Society. While same-sex marriage has made the most gains in Western democracies, antidiscrimination laws are gaining traction worldwide. In , seventy-three countries, including some that retain sodomy laws, had protections against employment discrimination [PDF] based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Activists in the international arena have focused on antiviolence and antidiscrimination campaigns rather than same-sex marriage. She adds that not all countries that allow same-sex marriage allow couples to jointly adopt and cautions against equating the right to marry with freedom from discrimination. The U.
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Legal marriage may be a boon for the health of same-sex couples, according to new research that finds cohabitating doesn't provide the same health benefits for gay couples that marriage does for straights. The research echoes previous work released last year, which found married gay couples are happier than those in domestic partnerships or those who are single. Marriage is also linked to happiness among straight couples.
After voters in many states rushed to ban same-sex unions, the tide turned. In recent years, sixteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage and another three states have approved civil unions or domestic partnerships that include full spousal rights for lesbian, gay and bisexual couples. This is unfortunate for moral and economic reasons. Equally important, a growing body of public health research documents the many health benefits associated with legal same-sex marriage. Harm from Discrimination and Marriage Bans Numerous health studies conducted during the past decade have documented how discrimination causes harm and leads to significant health disparities.