Domestic Partner Benefits After the Supreme Court Decision: 2015 Survey Results

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The U.S. Supreme Court decision on June 26, 2015 means all states must now license same-sex marriages or recognize those performed in other states. The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans administered a survey to find out how the Obergefell v. Hodges decision will affect employers. 

Slightly more than half of employers responding to the survey believe the Supreme Court ruling will have an impact on their organization. Other key findings include:

Organizations that offer benefits to unmarried same-sex domestic partners:

  • More than half of all organizations (57.4%) offered benefits to same-sex domestic partners at the time of the ruling.
  • More than 70% say they are likely to continue providing benefits to same-sex domestic partners after the ruling.
  • Nearly 30% said they are unlikely to continue providing benefits to same-sex domestic partners after the ruling.

Organizations that offer benefits to unmarried opposite-sex domestic partners:

  • Almost half of all organizations (45.4%) offered benefits to opposite-sex domestic partners at the time of the ruling.
  • More than 80% say they are likely to continue providing benefits to opposite-sex domestic partners after the ruling.
  • Less than 20% are unlikely to continue providing benefits to opposite-sex domestic partners after the ruling.

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