Saturday, May 04, 2013
Maryland tells state employees in domestic partnerships that they must get married to keep spousal benefits
The state of Maryland has told its state employees in domestic partnerships that aren’t marriages, get married by the end of the year, or lose partnership benefits. This is seen as an “unintended consequence” of successfully passing gay marriage last November (I had covered the governor’s signing ceremony March 1, 2012; later opponents forced a referendum, but voters, in an encouraging turn of direct democracy, approved gay marriage).
Station WJLA (ABC affiliate for Washington DC) reports the story (by Steve Chenevey) here.
It is said to be a “budgetary rule”, reducing the likelihood of successful legal challenges from any unmarried couple now, because everyone is treated equally.
I have not heard of any other state, having authorized gay marriage, that has made a similar announcement yet.