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Mayo Clinic: Same-sex partners must marry to keep benefits
St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 7/31/13

Posted on 07/31/2013 1:50:05 PM PDT by rhema

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The Mayo Clinic says its Minnesota employees who are in same-sex domestic partnerships will have to get married if they want their partners to remain eligible for health insurance -- now that the state has legalized same-sex marriage.

Mayo Clinic spokesman Bryan Anderson told the Rochester Post-Bulletin that the clinic hasn't yet determined the deadline for same-sex couples to get married. Same-sex marriages will be legal in Minnesota as of Thursday.

"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," Anderson said in a statement.

The Mayo Clinic has offered benefits to same-sex domestic partners since 2000. The Mayo Clinic does not provide benefits for opposite-sex couples in domestic partnerships. In June, the Mayo Clinic sent out an email to employees in domestic partnerships to notify them of the change.

Mayo's policy would be a first among large companies, said Paul Guequierre, a spokesman for Human Rights Watch, a national gay-rights group.

"We have heard companies consider doing this. We have not heard of any companies that have actually done this and from our perspective it is a bad idea to require them to marry," he said.

Guequierre said a key concern is that couples who are forced to marry in Minnesota to get health benefits might move to state where their marriage is not recognized.

"I don't think (Mayo Clinic's) intentions are bad. We would certainly understand why a company would think would be an appropriate route, but I think when you put a little thought into it, it's not necessarily the best for the employee," he said.

Austin-based Hormel Foods is going a different route. The company hasn't offered same-sex domestic partner benefits before, but will begin to do so starting Jan. 1 -- whether a couple is married or not.

That means an employee who marries a same-sex partner before Jan. 1 might have to wait for the new year before benefits become available. Hormel Foods said it is looking for guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service and will make adjustments if necessary.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: dayton; domesticpartnerships; homosexualagenda; mayoclinic; minnesota; moralabsolutes; ssm

1 posted on 07/31/2013 1:50:05 PM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema

Why do gays need a Mayo clinic? I thought they just used KY Jelly.


2 posted on 07/31/2013 1:51:44 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: rhema

Did you see RT Rybak is all excited to perform some ‘marriages’ after midnight tonight?

The paper said he’s and “ordained universalist”.


3 posted on 07/31/2013 1:52:19 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: rhema

I prefer the mustard clinic. The Ketchup cinic isn’t bad either.


4 posted on 07/31/2013 1:54:08 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Kill the bill... Begin enforcing our current laws, signed by President Ronald Reagan.)
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To: rhema

Not going to be handy for the Gay sect. They change partners like they change underwear.


5 posted on 07/31/2013 1:54:55 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
Guequierre said a key concern is that couples who are forced to marry in Minnesota to get health benefits might move to state where their marriage is not recognized.

No, the key concern of the pink mafia is that by being subject to the same marriage laws as normal heterosexual people that there will be real legal consequences for screwing around outside said marriage. They only want the benefits without the consequences.

6 posted on 07/31/2013 1:55:27 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: rhema
Austin-based Hormel Foods is going a different route. The company hasn't offered same-sex domestic partner benefits before, but will begin to do so starting Jan. 1 -- whether a couple is married or not.

Isn't this discrimination against opposite-sex domestic partners who are not married?

7 posted on 07/31/2013 1:55:52 PM PDT by Mannaggia l'America
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To: rhema

interesting to see that gay activists aren’t really that eager to get married.

Can someone explain why Minn. homosexuals would avoid getting married because they might eventually move to a state which doesn’t recognize their marriage? How does that make sense?


8 posted on 07/31/2013 1:55:56 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: rhema
I can understand the logic....they will cover married people, and up until now, same sex "domestic" partners because they couldn't marry legally...now that they can, they must in order to get married benefits...

how dare these companies deny rights to unmarried opposite gender "domestic" partners...if the liberal gays are right, then ANY two can make a couple...a father and son, a father and his dtr...two sisters...two brothers..

9 posted on 07/31/2013 1:56:15 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Vigilanteman

I am imagining the looks on the faces of gays when they find out that their relationship doesn’t get benefits now, unless they are married.

hahaha


10 posted on 07/31/2013 1:56:28 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: American in Israel

” They change partners like they change underwear.”

=

Not true of all. You’re generalizing.

.


11 posted on 07/31/2013 1:57:05 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Mannaggia l'America

How do you get partner benefits if you are not married??

I guess no more SPAM for me.


12 posted on 07/31/2013 1:58:02 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: rhema

This is beautiful....bunch of mooches...on our dime...May they rot in hell...


13 posted on 07/31/2013 1:58:02 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: GeronL
I'm with you...

heh heh heh

14 posted on 07/31/2013 1:59:12 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: rhema
"The Mayo Clinic has offered benefits to same-sex domestic partners since 2000. The Mayo Clinic does not provide benefits for opposite-sex couples in domestic partnerships."

How did this go unnoticed or unchallenged for thirteen years?


15 posted on 07/31/2013 2:13:00 PM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: rhema

“You MUST marry - The Management”


16 posted on 07/31/2013 2:15:24 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: rhema

Makes sense - the old “be careful what you ask for...”


17 posted on 07/31/2013 2:18:31 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: rhema

Well that solves the little problem of how they deny benes to shacked-up straight couples and yet stay out of court.


18 posted on 07/31/2013 2:24:53 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: NonValueAdded
File this one in the "Yeah, sure you were" folder:

News of the new policy caught Vangie Castro by surprise. Her partner works at Mayo Clinic and they rely on the clinic for health insurance. Castro, who lives in Rochester, said they wanted to be able to take their time planning a wedding and not feel rushed into it because of health benefits.

"It's not that we're not going to get married. We'd just like to take our time," she said.

19 posted on 07/31/2013 2:29:50 PM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema

Who wants to bet there will now be lawsuits to delay this requirement indefinitely?


20 posted on 07/31/2013 2:33:26 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Mears

well, those that don’t change partners just have several at the same time!


21 posted on 07/31/2013 2:34:53 PM PDT by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: ex91B10

I worked at Mayo in Arizona when they decided to offer benefits to DPs and some of us were a little upset by the decision, especially since it discriminated against non-homosexual couples. However, we had learned over the years that change occurred very slowly there, so complaining wouldn’t do any good.


22 posted on 07/31/2013 2:39:40 PM PDT by Prince of Space (Be Breitbart, baby. LIFB.)
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To: rhema
"You're kidding, right?"


23 posted on 07/31/2013 4:39:41 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: rhema
Equality!
Isn't it fantastic?

Next up- A state by state abolition of “domestic partner” special benefits for homosexuals.

24 posted on 07/31/2013 5:00:55 PM PDT by sarasmom (The obvious takes longer to discover for the obtuse.)
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To: Caipirabob

Urgh, that picture.

I remember one time from my graduate days; I was on my way from the library at my university back to my student office in the Natural Sciences & Mathematics complex. I had to use the restroom, and quick; so I ducked into one of the bathrooms of the Humanities building (which is practically an old stone fortress, looks very dirty compared to the other buildings on campus) and went for the can.

You can imagine my reaction when I saw a hole so very much like that one, with handwritten instructions on the wall as to what time you should be in the stall for ‘service’.

I went to a different bathroom. Still gives me the heaves at how blatant it was.


25 posted on 07/31/2013 5:49:12 PM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.)
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To: rhema

So for 13 years the Mayo Clinic provided benefits to gay or lesbian cohabitating couples but not to unmarried heterosexual cohabitating couples? Talk about discrimination!


26 posted on 07/31/2013 6:05:51 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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27 posted on 07/31/2013 6:49:39 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: rhema

The Mayo Clinic is one of the major achievements of mankind. I’m not sure it can survivor DemocratCare.


28 posted on 07/31/2013 7:17:51 PM PDT by DManA
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Mayo Clinic Blasts House Democratic Health Care Bill

http://spectator.org/blog/2009/07/20/mayo-clinic-blasts-house-democ

I guess they got their minds right now.


29 posted on 07/31/2013 8:06:31 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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30 posted on 08/01/2013 11:15:47 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: DManA
The Mayo Clinic is one of the major achievements of mankind.

With the government's help, right?

Mayo Clinic expansion subsidy deal nears completion: Legislature may provide $400 million
31 posted on 08/01/2013 11:27:54 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: Mannaggia l'America
Isn't this discrimination against opposite-sex domestic partners who are not married?

It is.

You and I know that, but obvious stuff like that tends to escape liberals.

Now, while I don't agree with gay marriage and anyone offering benefits to same sex couples, good for them for putting some limits on it.

32 posted on 08/01/2013 12:14:43 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

I can’t imagine why any guy would take that kind of chance not knowing what could be on the other side of the wall and just what might happen to his, er..... parts....


33 posted on 08/01/2013 12:19:11 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Mannaggia l'America

Austin-based Hormel Foods is going a different route. The company hasn’t offered same-sex domestic partner benefits before, but will begin to do so starting Jan. 1 — whether a couple is married or not.
Isn’t this discrimination against opposite-sex domestic partners who are not married?


Yes, but that is ok in their book.


34 posted on 08/05/2013 9:29:16 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: ex91B10

I believe that in their guidelines it states because a gay couple could not marry the would get domestic partner benefits, BUT it also evidently states that if gay marriage becomes law in any state they operate in gay domestic praters in that state must marry to continue benefits. But because a man and woman can marry they cannot receive benefits as domestic partners.

It has evidently been worded in a way that they have not had to provide domestic partner benefits for all couples, the wording is also specific enough to now stop gay domestic partner benefits in the state of MN, as they are no longer prohibited from marrying. I believe gay domestic benefits will continue to be available in FL and AZ since those states do not recognize gay marriage.


35 posted on 08/06/2013 5:39:43 AM PDT by tickles
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