Some same-sex couples will have to be married to receive state benefits

More states will be granting benefits to married same-sex couples now that the Supreme Court has mandated gay marriage throughout the land. But at the same time, some states that provided benefits for domestic partners now are ending the practice.

So, a word to the wise: If you want the benefits, get married. And be careful what you demand.

As the Pew Charitable Trust reported:

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, some states that offer health and retirement benefits to their employees’ domestic partners are considering changing those policies, in large part to save money or avoid discrimination lawsuits.

Before the ruling, 34 percent of state and local governments allowed unmarried same-sex couples to receive health care benefits, while 28 percent did so for domestic partners of the opposite sex, according to a study of public sector benefits by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Based on what happened in states that legalized gay marriage on their own, those numbers are about to dwindle.

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