Thursday, September 29, 2005

Connecticut Prepares for Civil Unions

(Link) With only two days to go, businesses are scrambling to figure out how to equalize the bennies for all those same-sex couples that'll be getting hitched. The catch? State and federal laws are still clashing on the subject.

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LNewsEditor said...

JIC Post:
Associated Press

(Hartford, CT) With the state's new civil unions law just two days away, businesses are scrambling to answer questions about extending benefits for partners of gay employees.

Businesses across Connecticut must answer questions about extending benefits including health insurance coverage, supplemental life insurance, family and medical leave, and pension benefits.

The law has left some private-sector employers confused about what they must do, especially when state and federal laws conflict.

The new law gives the same legal rights enjoyed by married couples in Connecticut to same-sex couples, but also defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

That means same-sex couples have the right to such things as hospital visitations, state public assistance benefits and marital privileges in court proceedings.