July 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Get married or get dropped, some companies advise
domestic partner benefits, gay news, Washington Blade

Get married or get dropped, some companies advise.

NEW YORK — Some same-sex couples across the country that enjoyed domestic partner benefits from their employers may now be under pressure to wed to retain those benefits, CBS News and other outlets report.

Domestic partner benefits may decline as employers reassess their human-resources 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, CBS reports.

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 and Delta Air Lines were among those that gave ultimatums to their employees: Get hitched or lose your partner’s coverage, the article said.

Verizon gave same-sex couples in states where it was legal six months to get married, or else forfeit the benefits. The company said its reasoning was to level the playing field for both gay and straight couples.

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