Associated Press The U. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage has some state and local governments reconsidering their domestic partner benefits. Now that the U. 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.
Update July The Supreme Court ruling on June 26, , declared that states cannot ban same-sex marriage , which further opened the door to married same-sex partners to be eligible to receive equal benefits available to heterosexual spouses. Spousal benefits have been equal for all serving military members since However, VA benefits for those in same-sex marriages were limited for veterans residing in certain states because the law only recognized marriage in the state where the veteran resides. VA benefits were not available to same-sex spouses who resided in states that did not recognize same-sex marriage, even if they had a valid marriage certificate. Again, this was not a malicious act by the VA.
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