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Southeast Missouri State University to extend benefits to same-sex spouses

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Southeast Missouri State University
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Same-sex spouses of employees and retirees at Southeast Missouri State University will now be eligible for university benefits. The Board of Regents of the Cape Girardeau school voted Monday to extend benefits immediately to spouses in same-sex couples who were legally married in another state.

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Creighton University to offer same-sex benefits despite archbishop’s objection

Monday, October 27, 2014
St. John's Church at Creighton University.
OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton University will soon begin offering health benefits to legally married same-sex spouses of its employees despite the objections of the local Catholic archbishop. Creighton President Rev. Timothy Lannon announced the change Monday. He said 21 of the 28 Jesuit universities already offer similar benefits.

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Wisconsin insurers open enrollment for married same-sex couples

Sunday, October 26, 2014
MILWAUKEE -- Several Wisconsin insurance companies are holding special sign-ups so same-sex couples can add spouses to their health plans. The special enrollment periods are needed because gays and lesbians who got married in Wisconsin last summer were unable to add spouses to their coverage amid the uncertainty ...

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Lambda Legal files suit against SSA over denial of same-sex survivor benefits

Saturday, October 25, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Lambda Legal has filed suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, arguing that denying Social Security benefits to same-sex spouses because they live in states that discriminate against their marriages violates the U.S. Constitution.

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SSA offices turning away same-sex couples in new marriage equality states

Friday, October 10, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Married, same-sex couples are being turned away at Social Security offices in Utah, and presumably other states where marriage equality became legal this week, despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday that effectively overturned gay marriage bans in Utah and four other states.

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University of Notre Dame grants benefits to employees’ same-sex spouses

Thursday, October 9, 2014
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The University of Notre Dame has informed employees it will extend benefits to same-sex spouses after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in Indiana and 10 other states.

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Missouri state workers’ health plan expanded to include same-sex spouses

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's health care and retirement plans are expanding coverage to same-sex spouses following a recent court ruling. The Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan says it will enroll same-sex spouses of state employees and retirees who have valid marriage licenses from other states.

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Same-sex marriage ban stalls changes to Dallas pension funds

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Dallas City Hall
DALLAS -- Two Dallas city pension funds have delayed enacting measures passed by the city council aimed at ensuring equal rights for municipal employees. The council earlier this year adopted a non-binding resolution seeking equal treatment for LGBT employees. It followed that vote with another Wednesday that amends...

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Rights of same-sex military spouses still vary by state

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Jessica Huskey
Last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act ensured that federal military benefits extend to same-sex partners and their children. But about two-thirds of active-duty personnel in the U.S. are based in states that don't recognize gay marriages, leaving thousands of military families missing out on legal rights they would enjoy if...

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Attorney’s letter draws rebuke in Mo. fire department’s same-sex benefits debate

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Dee Wampler
OZARK, Mo. -- A prominent Springfield, Mo., attorney has penned a letter praising a local fire department for denying health benefits to a gay firefighter's wife, saying he is tired of attempts "to cram homosexuality and lesbians down our throats." Dee Wampler sent the letter to several individuals regarding the debate of health benefits within the Ozark Fire Department...

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