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By Michael Dresser and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
The O'Malley administration has notified state employees in same-sex relationships that they won't be able to include domestic partners in their health insurance anymore. If they want coverage, they'll have to get married. The policy change is the result of the new Maryland law allowing same-sex marriage, which took effect Jan. 1. The thinking is that offering health coverage to an unmarried same-sex partner doesn't make sense anymore, officials said, particularly since an unmarried heterosexual partner doesn't have the same right.
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By Michael Dresser and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
The O'Malley administration has notified state employees in same-sex relationships that they won't be able to include domestic partners in their health insurance anymore. If they want coverage, they'll have to get married. The policy change is the result of the new Maryland law allowing same-sex marriage, which took effect Jan. 1. The thinking is that offering health coverage to an unmarried same-sex partner doesn't make sense anymore, officials said, particularly since an unmarried heterosexual partner doesn't have the same right.
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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | March 22, 1994
In what is at least a temporary setback for gay rights advocates in Baltimore, a bill to set up a municipal registry for "domestic partnerships" failed last night to muster enough votes to pass a key test in the City Council.The council voted 10-6 with one abstention to send the bill back to committee. That vote came after the council voted 8-7 with two abstentions to kill a series of technical amendments to the legislation, which would allow members of nontraditional households to document their relationships and possibly qualify for benefits from private employers now given only to married couples.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2010
City employees in Annapolis will be able to include same-sex domestic partners on their health plans starting July 1, Mayor Joshua J. Cohen announced Tuesday. Annapolis joins several jurisdictions across the state that grant benefits to same-sex partners. The announcement comes amid reports that the federal government will issue regulations this week ordering businesses to provide gay employees with equal family and medical leave. "The change will create a more equitable work environment and help make the city more competitive in attracting top talent," Cohen, a Democrat, said in a statement on Annapolis benefits.
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By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,Sun reporter | March 15, 2008
In a move to bolster gay rights, the Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval yesterday to a bill that would allow domestic partners to make medical and funeral decisions for each other, share a nursing home room and visit at their hospital bedsides. With efforts to grant same-sex couples the same legal recognition as married couples sputtering in the General Assembly, legislation to grant rights piecemeal might be the best hope for gay-rights advocates this year. The legislature also is considering measures to exempt domestic partners from inheritance and certain real estate taxes, which proponents say are needed if broader protections are not enacted.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 6, 1996
SAN FRANCISCO -- Pressing a new case for the equal treatment of same-sex couples, San Francisco is moving to become the first major city in the country to require the companies with which it does business to offer health and other benefits to the unmarried partners of their employees.The city's board of supervisors passed legislation by a 10-0 vote Monday to prohibit the city government from contracting with companies that do not make the same benefits available to employees' domestic partners that they do to the married spouses of their workers.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2010
City employees in Annapolis will be able to include same-sex domestic partners on their health plans starting July 1, Mayor Joshua J. Cohen announced Tuesday. Annapolis joins several jurisdictions across the state that grant benefits to same-sex partners. The announcement comes amid reports that the federal government will issue regulations this week ordering businesses to provide gay employees with equal family and medical leave. "The change will create a more equitable work environment and help make the city more competitive in attracting top talent," Cohen, a Democrat, said in a statement on Annapolis benefits.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | August 24, 2000
Howard Community College's board of trustees extended benefits last night to domestic partners of employees, a policy gaining popularity at four-year institutions but still rare at two-year campuses. Under the new policy, unmarried partners of staff members - same or opposite sex - will be able to take classes at HCC for free and participate in the campus legal plan, benefits that used to be offered only to spouses of employees. The seven-member board could not extend health coverage to domestic partners because that decision is up to county officials.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | May 25, 2000
Howard Community College officials are mulling whether to extend benefits to domestic partners of employees - a policy at four-year institutions but less common for two-year campuses. HCC's board of trustees last night discussed implementing such a policy and asked administrators to research financial and other implications. They expect a report in August. "We don't live in our own vacuum. Let's look at what this means to the community," said Joan Athen, who chairs the trustees. "But I think our mission gives a lot of credence" to offering the benefits.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | May 16, 1996
A proposal that would extend most spousal benefits to "domestic partners" of employees of the University of Maryland System is under attack from the state's two top legislative officials.State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and Maryland House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. have written separate letters to the chairman of the system's board of regents asking that he put off a scheduled July 12 vote on the controversial measure.The two men oppose the measure because of its potential cost -- downplayed by its advocates -- and because they say they believe it is a concern that should be taken up by the General Assembly.
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April 5, 2008
Lawmakers finally agree on budget funding, cuts Lawmakers in the House and Senate wrapped up their work on the Maryland's $31.2 billion budget yesterday, finally coming to agreement on some of the belt-tightening measures both chambers employed in the face of shrinking tax revenues and continued fiscal challenges. All told, they cut more than $300 million from Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget plan. They have shaved more than $1 billion from planned state spending since the 2007 legislative session.
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By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,Sun reporter | March 22, 2008
The Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval yesterday to a bill that would allow domestic partners the same right as married couples to avoid paying taxes when adding each other to home property deeds to create joint ownership. But a key Senate leader said yesterday that another tax bill to exempt domestic partners from inheritance taxes might not get a vote this year. The two tax bills and a third measure, which would grant domestic partners the right to medical decision-making and hospital visitations, passed by the Senate this week, have been sought by gay rights activists.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | April 10, 2005
BESIDES PAY raises, another new provision of a tentative contract between the Howard County school system and the teachers union is the extension of full health benefits for school employees in same-sex domestic partnerships. The union's general membership -- representing 4,000 teachers, guidance counselors and psychologists -- is expected to ratify the tentative agreement by tomorrow's deadline, said Joe Staub, president of the Howard County Education Association. If approved, school employees would join their counterparts in county government, who were extended the benefits last year under a policy change approved by the Robey administration.
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By Sumathi Reddy and Sumathi Reddy,SUN STAFF | March 25, 2005
Jodi Kelber-Kaye was thrown out of a hospital room when her long-time partner was emerging from heart surgery. Lisa Polyak was refused access as her partner received an anaesthetic before giving birth to their second child. And John Lestitian was left to haggle with the estranged parents of his late partner over their son's death wishes. All say they would have been helped by a bill up for a vote by the state Senate today that would create a registry of domestic partners and give unmarried couples such benefits as the right to make medical decisions for one another and visit each other in the hospital.
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June 13, 2004
LAST MONTH, Howard County government decided to start extending health benefits to same-sex domestic partners and their children. It was a smart move - without significant financial cost to the county but fair-minded and helpful if the county wants to recruit and retain the best possible employees. Similar benefits are now offered in Montgomery County and to city employees in Baltimore and Washington and a handful of municipalities in the D.C. suburbs, including Hyattsville, Takoma Park and Greenbelt.
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