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Most Neb. schools to offer insurance benefits to married same-sex couples

Monday, December 30, 2013

OMAHA, Neb. — Nearly all Nebraska school districts and some cities and counties will soon begin offering insurance benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

The changes are being made in response to last June’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that negated part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Blue Cross Blue Shield decided to change its policy effective Jan. 1 because of the high court’s ruling, and that company insurers all but three of the state’s 249 school districts.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many people would be affected by the change because Nebraska doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage.

The Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for gays and lesbians, says Nebraska lags behind other states in offering benefits to same-sex couples.

That group says 67 percent of Fortune 500 companies offer same-sex partner benefits.

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24 more reader comments:

  1. Yay progress

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 7:03pm
  2. Whoa whoa whoa. Whoa.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 7:08pm
  3. Wow i would love to ave 1

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 7:11pm
  4. At a big price, though (imputed income)

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 7:11pm
  5. i live in nebr. buy do u know how hard it is to work for a school system… i have applied to 3 for office jobs annd never get the job with all the qualications they ask for

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 7:36pm
  6. They all should.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 7:39pm
  7. Except I live in Nebraska and you can’t legally get married here.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 7:39pm
  8. But you can in 18 other states, including in Iowa, just a few minutes from Omaha.

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:22pm
  9. ^^^exactly

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 7:41pm
  10. :)

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 7:47pm
  11. Right on WTG

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:04pm
  12. It’s getting closer and closer to me! Come on Missouri!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:25pm
  13. But it’s not acknowledged in state of Nebraska. Lawyer told me that.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:23pm
  14. Wow, Nebraska just beat out Michigan in basic fairness.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:31pm
  15. Yahoo Midwest!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:37pm
  16. So why doesn’t Nebraska follow the US Constitution’s guarantee of equal rights for all and permit same-sex civil marriage in Nebraska?!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:51pm
  17. God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:22am
  18. Right on.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:49am
  19. I think this is fantastic there are employers here in WY who have insurance that offers the same thing. It is one step in the right direction.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:06am
  20. It got voted down last time around. It will be up again this fall. Proud that even though it didnt get voted in that the school system, that I work for, is supporting equal rights!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 3:17am
  21. #Nebraskan

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 3:58am
  22. Kool

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:22am
  23. wooohooooo….fairness win, bigotry looses 1-0

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:38pm
  24. same sex marriage is not recognized by the state so why bother until we are able to legally marry & be recognized like everyone else

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 6:29pm