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IN THE NEWS: Pullman & Comley Attorney Interviewed on Connecticut’s Granting of Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

SHRM Online
November 25, 2008

Pullman & Comley attorney Daniel A. Schwartz was quoted extensively in "States’ Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage Is in Flux," an article by Joanne Deschenaux which appeared in SHRM Online. The article discusses Connecticut’s granting of marriage licenses to same-sex couples and the resulting confusion that employers, particularly those with operations in several states, may feel as to their obligations toward same-sex couples who have legally married, as well as to those same-sex couples who have entered into a legal domestic partnership or civil union.

In the article, Schwartz states that “From here forward, employers in the state need to recognize any same-sex marriages; they also need to recognize a same-sex marriage that occurred in another state."

However, Schwartz also noted that since Connecticut already had a civil union law, “this isn’t going to change that much if employers have had employees who have entered into civil unions.” From a practical point of view, employers need to give employees who have entered into civil unions the same benefits as they would to married couples, he explained.

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