posted on Dec, 29 2004 @ 08:23 AM
For some gay married couples in Massachusetts, becoming legally married seemed to be the most difficult obstacle they would need to overcome so that
they could share their lives together legally in the eyes of the law. But now it appears that the battle has just begun, in terms of having the same
benefits available to heterosexual married couples extended to them. They are now encountering resistance in several benefits areas, including health
and retirement, because not all firms are willing to accept that their benefits plans are subject to reinterpretation to include gays.
BOSTON (AP) - Some employers with federally regulated health plans have decided not to extend health benefits to spouses of gay workers.
They say the plans are not bound by the state's same-sex marriage law.
The Boston Globe reports that N-Star, General Dynamics, and Caritas Christi Health Care are among employers that don't provide the same health
benefits to spouses of married gay workers in Massachusetts available to heterosexual married couples
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There is no no word yet as to whether gay rights supporters will challenge this in court, although challenges are very likely. This has the potential
of affecting other issues regarding gays, such as adoption. Other firms have decided against extending retirement benefits to gay married couples.
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[edit on 29-12-2004 by Banshee]