New Hampshire last month voted to give same-sex couples the same legal rights as other couples, making New England the first region in which every state provides some sort of protection for the civil unions of same-sex partners. Also last month, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer introduced a bill to give equality to same-sex couples.
Bottom line: Although federal law doesn’t yet extend job protections or benefits coverage for nontraditional marriage partners, a growing number of states, cities and other local governments do. Check state and local laws before denying insurance coverage or otherwise treating same-sex partners differently than traditional couples.
(For details on state and local workplace laws, go to www.hrc.org/worklife.)