The Minnesota Department of Human Rights website has posted a list of frequently asked questions to help employers understand their obligations now that same-sex marriage has been legal in Minnesota since August.
Main message: Same-sex married couples now enjoy the same rights as opposite-sex married couples. For example, if a Minnesota employer offers benefits to opposite-sex spouses, it must now do the same for same-sex couples.
Minnesota recognizes all same-sex marriage certificates legally issued by other states.
The law also applies to out-of-state companies that do business in Minnesota. Even companies based in states that do not permit same-sex marriage must provide equal benefits to employees working in Minnesota.
Unless an employer is a religious institution, it cannot refuse to provide equal benefits based on a philosophical objection to same-sex marriage.
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