Corporate America has been a leading force in the shifting equality landscape. A new study finds that one-third of employees now have access to same-sex partner benefits. This may actually change with the spread of same-sex marriage, as some companies begin to insist that couples marry to get benefits, dropping their domestic partnership coverage.
WASHINGTON — In the first comprehensive count of domestic partner benefits by a federal government agency, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that about one-third of all workers had access to health care benefits for same-sex partners.
Bureau officials added two questions about domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples to the National Compensation Survey, a sample of 17,000 businesses and local governments, as a response to growing public interest in the topic, said Philip Doyle, assistant commissioner at the agency. The results were made public on Tuesday.
Thirty-three percent of state and local government employees had access to domestic partner health benefits for same-sex couples, the survey found, slightly higher than the 29 percent of employees in private companies.