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Mo. fire department blocked from granting same-sex spousal benefits

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
Ozark-Fire-Dept
OZARK, Mo. -- A southwest Missouri fire department that was considering extending benefits to an employee who is in a same-sex marriage has been told that the state constitution won't allow it. Last week, the Ozark Fire Department's board appeared ready to change its policy so that it could offer the benefits to Capt. Andi Mooneyham, whose out-of-state ...

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West Palm Beach, Fla. to require contractors to offer same-sex benefits

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
West-Palm-Beach-FL
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The city of West Palm Beach, Fla., has voted to require contractors who do at least $50,000 in business with the city to offer equal family benefits to all employees, including those in same-sex relationships. The Palm Beach Post reports that the city commission voted Monday 5-0 to approve the policy, which applies to businesses with five or more employees.

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Chattanooga voters reject benefits for same-sex domestic partners

| Friday, August 8, 2014
Chattanooga, Tenn.
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — Voters in Chattanooga have rejected a proposal to allow health benefits for domestic partners of city employees. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the measure was rejected in Thursday’s referendum election by 5,501 votes. In November, Chattanooga became the third city in Tennessee to vote to expand benefits to same-sex couples...

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Takano introduces bill to close Social Security, Medicare LGBT loopholes

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) on Tuesday introduced the Social Security and Medicare Parity Act in the U.S. House, a bill to close loopholes in the Social Security Act and guarantee that all married couples, including same-sex couples, receive the Social Security and Medicare spouse and survivor benefits that they have earned.

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Pa. county extends same-sex marriage benefits deadline

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Allegheny-County
PITTSBURGH -- One western Pennsylvania county is pushing back a deadline for its employees to marry their same-sex partners in order for those partners to keep health care and other benefits.

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Pa. county to require same-sex couples to marry to retain benefits

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Allegheny-County
PITTSBURGH -- One western Pennsylvania county is cutting off benefits to same-sex partners of its employees unless they're married. Allegheny County officials say they're changing the policy now that a federal judge has allowed same-sex couples to marry in Pennsylvania. The county once limited benefits to those married to county employees...

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Obama Administration expands federal benefits for married same-sex couples

| Friday, June 20, 2014
AP
WASHINGTON -- A year after the Supreme Court struck down a law barring federal recognition of gay marriages, the Obama administration granted an array of new benefits Friday to same-sex couples, including those who live in states where same-sex marriage is against the law. The new measures range from ...

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New York state sued over lack of transgender Medicaid coverage

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
New-York
NEW YORK -- A lawsuit filed Thursday against New York state seeks Medicaid coverage for transgender people seeking what they consider to be life-saving health treatments, including gender change procedures. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan against the state health commissioner, seeks class-action status on behalf of ...

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Nashville approves domestic partner benefits for city, county workers

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Nashville, Tenn.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Metropolitan Council on Tuesday voted to offer health insurance and pension benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of city/county "Metro" workers. The policy change applies to workers employed by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, a city-county consolidated government.

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Washington state reinforces insurance parity requirement for gay spouses

| Thursday, June 5, 2014
Washington-state
Washington state officials are reminding companies in the state that health benefits must be provided to same-sex spouses if they are provided to heterosexual spouses. The state issued a joint letter Thursday to the state's employers, insurance companies and benefit plan administrators regarding health care benefits for same-sex married couples.

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