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Most Nebraska Schools to Offer Same-Sex Benefits

Monday Dec 30, 2013

Nearly all Nebraska school districts and some cities and counties will soon begin offering insurance benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

The changes are being made in response to last June's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that negated part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Blue Cross Blue Shield decided to change its policy effective Jan. 1 because of the high court's ruling, and that company insurers all but three of the state's 249 school districts.

It wasn't immediately clear how many people would be affected by the change because Nebraska doesn't recognize same-sex marriage.

The Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for gays and lesbians, says Nebraska lags behind other states in offering benefits to same-sex couples.

That group says 67 percent of Fortune 500 companies offer same-sex partner benefits.

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  • Wayne M., 2013-12-30 23:07:21

    This is good, but as a retired teacher, I believe it is more important that schools and school districts not only allow but encourage LGBT teachers to be out and honest about sexual orientation and/or gender identity - and that out LGBT teachers be careful to provide positive and healthy role models for students, particularly those students who may also be LGBT and in need of LGBT adults in their lives who live healthy, responsible and happy lives.

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