Transgender-inclusive benefits OK’d for Phoenix city employees

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PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Healthcare Task Force has approved transgender-inclusive benefits for city employees.

Mayor Greg Stanton says Phoenix will be the first city in Arizona taking such strong steps to support a diverse workforce.

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Rep. Grayson urges Orange County to keep domestic partner benefits

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Congressman Alan Grayson is urging the Orange County Commission and Mayor Teresa Jacobs to reinstate domestic partner benefits for county employees.

In a unanimous, consent agenda vote, the Commissioners on Oct. 20 quietly voted to repeal the domestic partner benefits.

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Wal-Mart accused of same-sex bias in class-action lawsuit

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BOSTON (AP) – A Massachusetts woman filed a class-action lawsuit July 14 accusing Wal-Mart of wrongly denying employee benefits for same-sex spouses.

Jacqueline Cote says Wal-Mart repeatedly denied medical insurance for her wife before 2014, when the retail giant started offering benefits for same-sex spouses.

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Delta Air Lines helps LGBT employees with health care taxes

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NEW YORK (AP) — Delta Air Lines became the first major carrier April 2 to make same-sex domestic partners whole for additional income taxes they owe for health care plans.

Atlanta-based Delta will pay those taxes for employees retroactive to Jan. 1. The tax is only a problem for employees living in states that do not recognize their marriages; Georgia is one of them. Delta executives, pilots, flight attendants and other employees living there have to pay extra tax based on the value of the insurance.

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U.S. Justice Department appeal Texas judge’s rule change blocking same-sex medical benefits

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AUSTIN (AP) – The U.S. Justice Department is appealing a federal judge in Texas’ temporarily blocking federal rules that would have expanded medical leave benefits to some gay couples.

In a filing March 31, attorneys sought an April 13 hearing to argue that the preliminary injunction shouldn’t have been issued and “now should be dissolved.”

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UN approves benefits for spouses of gay staffers

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UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. will now give benefits to all spouses of gay U.N. staffers who are legally married after Russia and other opponents of same-sex marriage failed March 24 in an attempt to scuttle the plan by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Currently, family benefits for U.N. staff members are determined by their country of origin. The secretary-general’s plan will give family benefits to all staffers who are legally married — regardless of the laws on same-sex marriage in their home countries.

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UN to vote on same-sex benefits for gay staffers

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United Nations (AP) — Russia has called for a vote March 24 in the U.N. budget committee on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s plan to give benefits to the spouses of gay U.N. staffers who are legally married — regardless of the laws on same-sex marriage in their home countries.

Currently, family benefits for U.N. staff members are determined by their country of origin.

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Publix expands benefits to married same-sex couples

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Publix will expand benefits to same-sex couples starting Jan.1, 2015.

According to Equality Florida, the benefits will be available to legally married couples, regardless of where they tied the knot.

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Rights of same-sex military spouses vary by state

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – On the wall over her bunk in Kuwait, Marine Cpl. Nivia Huskey proudly displays a collection of sonogram printouts of the baby boy her pregnant spouse is carrying back home in North Carolina. If all goes as planned, the 28-year-old military policewoman will return to Camp Lejeune in time for a January delivery at an on-base hospital.

But the space on the baby’s birth certificate marked “Father” will be left blank.

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Winston-Salem considers domestic partner benefits

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A Winston-Salem City Council committee is to consider whether to offer benefits to same-sex domestic partners.

Local media outlets reported the proposal is on the agenda for the Sept. 9 meeting of a council committee.

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Cape Coral, Boynton Beach consider partnership benefits

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Two Florida cities may soon recognize domestic partnerships. Cape Coral and Boynton Beach are both looking to extend benefits to same-sex couples.

Dozens of same-sex couples gathered on July 28 at a Cape Coral City Council meeting where leaders discussed and agreed to consider an ordinance to establish a domestic partnership registry, News-Press.com reported.

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Utah couples who married could see benefits soon

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples who married in Utah after the state same-sex marriage ban was overturned could get benefits in 10 days after a favorable ruling from a federal appeals court.

Five months after the ban was struck down, a different federal judge in May ruled the state must lift its ban on benefits – such as child custody – for same-sex couples.

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