Skip to main content

Mayo to Minn. staff with domestic partners: Get married or lose benefits

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Mayo Clinic for 13 years has offered health insurance to the partners of its employees in same-sex domestic partnerships – but that is going to change now that Minnesota has legalized same-sex marriage, the Rochester Post-Bulletin reports.

Mayo's new message to those employees: Get married, or your domestic partners lose benefits, the newspaper reports. Mayo hasn't yet set a wedding deadline for them. Minnesota's new law takes effect at midnight Wednesday.

"Mayo has long had a policy providing same-sex domestic partner benefits because those affected were not allowed to be married. That policy notes that marriage would be required if same-sex marriage became legal in the state where the couple lives," Mayo Clinic spokesman Bryan Anderson told the Post-Bulletin.

It seems an unusual move, observers say. The policy would be a first among large companies, a spokesman for Human Rights Watch, a national gay-rights group, told the Post-Bulletin.

Mayo has offered health benefits to domestic partners of employees since 2000, and the benefits are available to Mayo employees in Florida and Arizona, where same-sex marriage is not legal, the Post Bulletin reports.

Mayo Clinic last year did not take a position on gay marriage in the debate leading to a statewide vote on the proposed amendment to the Minnesota Constitution that would define marriage as between one man and one woman.

The Wall Street Journal last month examined some of the complex questions for employers that were prompted by a pair of Supreme Court rulings related to same-sex marriage. Among them: What happens to domestic-partner benefits, now that gay marriage is legal for the purposes of federal law?

Next Up

Anthony Edwards

Ingram's clutch 3-pointer thwarts Ant's fourth-quarter rally

Anthony Edwards went off in the fourth quarter but Brandon Ingram capped off a big night with a win.

Pixabay - laptop computer dark screen

19 years in prison for Plymouth man who produced child porn

He used Instagram and other programs to exploit minors.

redington mushing sled dog

Sled dog team hit by snowmobile in hit-and-run in Wisconsin

One dog had to have surgery after breaking his leg in three places.

lanesboro minnesota

Southern Minnesota city named most stunning small town in MN

And it ranks No. 42 out of 50 on the ranking of each state's stunning towns.

duluth police

Threat forces Duluth school into lockdown

Police K9s searched the school before it was given the all clear.

wayzata east middle school

Suspect steals keys from woman at Wayzata school, drives off in her car

It happened during a basketball game at Wayzata East Middle School in Plymouth.

money hundred dollar bills

Defense attorney sentenced to workhouse for swindling client

She told the client he was facing 15-20 years in prison unless he stumped up more cash.

Mike Zimmer

Mike Zimmer's Vikings tenure was pockmarked by disputes with staff

Mike Zimmer's "my way or the highway" approach didn't work out in the end.

child vaccine pexels

Walz announces $200 reward for families who get kids aged 5-11 vaccinated

It's the latest incentive program launched by the State of Minnesota.

Ben dapper

Hockey community rallies around player who's fighting cancer

They sent him off with a show of support on Sunday.

tesla

Tesla commits to buying nickel from proposed Minnesota mine

The mine has yet to go through the permitting process.

Related