On Friday, June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, a landmark decision in which it held all state laws banning same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. The effect of this decision is that same-sex marriage is now legal throughout the United States.
This ruling has an immediate impact on employers, including on the benefits offered to employees (and dependents). For instance, same-sex spouses are already entitled to all spousal benefits under the Family Medical Leave Act. Furthermore, many employers have already been providing same-sex benefits to unmarried couples because marriage was not a legal option—now that it is, employers may want to change their policies to simply treat all married couples the same. It should be noted that this decision affects legal marriages, but not non-married domestic partners.
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