New Yorkers Ask How Gay Marriage Will Affect Benefits


The Associated Press:

And if they’ve been waffling on marriage, some [same-sex] couples may now have to decide whether to take the plunge if their employers now restrict domestic partner benefits to the lawfully hitched.

“There’s just a lot of rumors going around,” said Erica Freudenstein, a 46-year-old freelance photographer from New York City who plans to wed her longtime partner, television video editor Cybele Policastro. Freudenstein has been covered under Policastro’s health insurance.

“She has to pay taxes on it for my health insurance, and now for New York state I think she won’t,” she said. “So it’s a benefit. It’s all about the benefits.”

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