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Kansas opens state workers’ health plan to same-sex spouses

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Kansas state capitol in Topeka.
The health insurance plan for Kansas state government workers is allowing married gay and lesbian couples to obtain coverage for their spouses. ...

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Supreme Court decisions highlight political challenges facing GOP

Sunday, June 28, 2015
Jeb Bush
For the second time in two days, the Supreme Court struck at the heart of the Republican Party platform. Yet the response to Friday's same-sex marriage ruling was mild in comparison with the outrage that followed the court's decision Thursday ...

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Liberal justices prevail in this year’s high-profile U.S. Supreme Court cases

Sunday, June 28, 2015
This April 28, 2015, artist rendering shows Tennessee Associate Solicitor General Joseph Walen arguing before the Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage in Washington. Justices, from left are, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito Jr., and Elena Kagan. The Supreme Court’s four liberal justices have been in the majority in virtually all the year’s biggest cases.
With a notable paucity of dissents and not a single word to say about same-sex marriage, health care or housing discrimination, the court's liberal justices prevailed in almost every important case in recent months. ...

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Federal employee healthcare providers can no longer exclude transition-related services

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Katherine Archuleta
The change, announced Tuesday by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, will be effective Jan. 1, 2016, and impacts plans that federal employees can select during open enrollment this fall. ...

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Alaska same-sex couples will have to marry to keep state health benefits

Saturday, June 6, 2015
The decision by the Alaska State Employees Association’s board of trustees comes after an October ruling legalized same-sex marriage in Alaska. ...

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Providence, R.I., to extend transition-related health coverage to city workers

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Providence, R.I.
The city of Providence is extending transition-related health coverage for employees and retirees who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming. ...

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New York AG takes on transgender discrimination in health care

Friday, May 15, 2015
Eric Schneiderman
New York's attorney general has started a program to ensure transgender individuals have equal access to health care. ...

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Maryland Senate OKs artificial insemination healthcare bill for same-sex couples

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Maryland statehouse in Annapolis
Female same-sex couples in Maryland would have the same health care benefits for artificial insemination as heterosexual couples, under a bill passed by the state Senate. ...

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Mississippi town rescinds health coverage for unmarried domestic partners

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Starkville, Miss., aldermen voted 5-2 Tuesday night to rescind the insurance plan that had been in effect since last fall. ...

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Florida-based supermarket chain to offer benefits to married, same-sex couples

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Publix is expanding spouse coverage for its health, dental and vision benefit plans to associates who are married in any state where same-sex marriages are legal, regardless of the associates’ state of residence. ...

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