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Must we offer benefits to same-sex partners?

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Q. One of our employees claims she has a marriage certificate for herself and her female partner and now wants to put that partner on her insurance plan. Do we have to do that?

A. No, unless your benefit plan is drafted to cover domestic partners or unless a same-sex partner would qualify as a dependent under your plan’s definition of dependent. But, if your plan covers opposite-sex partners, you may want to consider covering same-sex partners as well.

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