Same-Sex marriage and employee benefits in Minnesota

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In light of the recent California Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriages in that state and legislation in Massachusetts that, in effect, legalizes same-sex marriages, Minnesota employers may wonder whether they now must provide benefits to same-sex partners of employees who were married in those two states.

For employers that don’t have employees working in California or Massachusetts—or that are not registered to do business in those states—the short answer seems to be no.

This is a controversial and emerging area of the law, however, so employers will want to stay tuned to this issue to ensure they understand developments.

Marriage in Minnesota

Minnesota law currently defines marriage as “a civil contract between a man and a woman.” It prohibits “a marriage between persons of the same sex.” In addition, under Minnesota law, “A marriage entered into by persons of the same sex, either under common law or...(register to read more)

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