Results of State Voter Referendums on Same-Sex Marriage: Implications for Employee Benefit Plans

By on November 13, 2012

by Joseph S. Adams, Todd A. Solomon, Jacob Mattinson and Brian J. Tiemann

Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington approved the legalization of same-sex marriage in their states.  In addition, voters in Minnesota rejected a state constitutional amendment to define marriage as an opposite-sex union.  The outcome of these referendums adds complexity to the options and obligations of employers in providing benefits for employees’ same-sex spouses and partners.

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