What Does New York’s Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Mean for Employee Benefits, Other States?

By Holly Jones

On June 24, New York became the sixth state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. The New York Marriage Equality Act, which passed by a narrow margin just before midnight, went into effect at the end of July. Though it joins only five other states (Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont) and the District of Columbia in doing so, New York is the largest state in the nation to pass a same-sex marriage law, boasting a population of nearly 20 million people. This means that the number of people and employees living and working in states where same sex marriage is legal has now more than doubled.

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