Maryland Employees Who are Same-Sex Domestic Partners May Need To Marry To Continue Benefit Coverage

Do Maryland employees get coverage for same-sex benefits? The topography of same-sex marriage recognition and availability is constantly changing.  Employees of the State of Maryland who receive or extend benefits to their domestic partners, may need to consider marriage in 2014 if they want to keep those benefits in place.

The Benefits manual now provides, “In response to same-sex couples’ inability to marry in the State of Maryland, the Program began offering domestic partner benefits to same-sex couples in July 2009. The Act, effective January 1, 2013, now gives same-sex couples the same benefits, protections and obligations as opposite-sex couples, under Maryland law. Therefore, the Program’s need to offer domestic partner benefits has been alleviated.”

Before you change the legal nature of your relationship, you should consider whether you might benefit from seeking the advice of a family law attorney.

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