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  •  One need look at contracts in states that (3+ / 0-)
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    do not discriminate on marriage benefits.  In Mass, companies offering spousal benefits for health insurance cannot discriminate based on the sex of the spouse.  

    Federal law does not allow that benefit to be given pre-tax to same sex couples as it does to opposite sex couples, but the benefit must be given without regard to the sex of the spouse.  This is where DOMA comes into play.  Which is why my husband's pay is taxed for my health insurance coverage.

    I suspect (also outside my pay grade) that pension benefits can be given to surviving spouse regardless of sex, but there may be a tax penalty.  The question at negotiations may be who pays that penalty, not about the transfer of the pension to a defined survivor.  

    Negotiations are all about money, rarely about social issues.  If Boeing felt it made no difference to their pocket, I suspect this would be an easy agreement.  It is not clear what the sticking issue is about money.  If I were at the table, I would split the difference between the union and management and then work like heck to get rid of DOMA.

    "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of the United States of America -9.75 -6.87

    by Uncle Moji on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 08:36:03 AM PST

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