Monday, July 9, 2007

More Trouble with NJ Civil Unions

Marriage Equailty Rhode Island writes today about another instance of a New Jersey couple being denied benefits under the state's civil union law. As reported in the Star Ledger, the multi-state company UPS makes it explicit that they don't believe an employee's civil union compels them to offer health insurance for the employee's partner, although they do offer coverage to same-sex spouses of Massachusetts employees. According to a letter employee Gabriael Brazier received from UPS, in creating civil unions the New Jersey Legislature

“did not go as far as Massachusetts and afford same-sex couples the ability to marry. Had the New Jersey Legislature done that, you could have added Ms. Aurand as a spouse under the plan.”

Yet another example of how civil unions are not equality.

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