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Posted at 3:44 PM ET, 05/19/2010

Md. updates same-sex benefit policy

By Washington Post editors

Maryland has updated its benefits policy for state employees to include same-sex spouses who possess a valid marriage certificate from another state.

The Maryland Department of Management and Budget updated the policy on Wednesday in its role as administrator of the state employee benefits program.

Same-sex spouses will now be able to enroll eligible dependents under the program.

Couples who already have a valid marriage certificate from another state may enroll to cover a spouse for a July 1 effective date. A form must be received by the Employee Benefits Division by close of business June 2.

In February, Attorney General Doug Gansler issued a legal opinion saying Maryland must recognize out-of-state gay marriages until the Legislature or courts decide otherwise.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 3:44 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Same-sex marriage, gay marriage, maryland  
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This is great news!

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