Employers in Massachusetts are dropping domestic partner health benefits because
same-sex couples now have the right to marry in the state and have the same
health-benefit options of other married couples, the Boston Globe reports.
IBM. Corp., Raytheon Co., Northeastern University, the National Fire Protection
Association, Boston Medical Center, Baystate Health System, and the New York
Times Co. are among the employers terminating domestic-partner benefits, the
Seven months ago, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex
marriage. Since then, some employers in the state have begun to phase out or
terminate domestic partner health benefits, saying if the employees would like
to continue coverage for partners, they will need to be married, according to
Employers cite fairness as the reason for terminating domestic-partner benefits,
saying they are trying to treat same-sex and opposite-sex couples the same.
"We're saying if you're a same-sex domestic partner, you now have the
same option heterosexuals have, so we have to apply the same rules to you,"
says Larry Emerson, vice president of human resources at Baystate Health System.