facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Blue Cross extends same-sex benefits

July 29, 2008 at 1:28 PM   |   Comments

BUFFALO, N.Y., July 29 (UPI) -- A New York health insurer says it will institute coverage of same-sex couples married in Canada as a result of a civil rights lawsuit.

The New York Civil Liberties Union announced Monday that Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Western New York, based in Buffalo, will begin extending spousal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, Canwest News Service reported.

The decision comes after the group filed suit in the case of a lesbian couple from the United States who were married in Canada.

"We applaud Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Western New York for following the law and treating all married couples the same," Donna Lieberman, NYCLU executive director, told CanWest in a statement.

Same-sex marriage is illegal in New York, but the couple had traveled to Canada to be legally married in 2006, the news service said.

© 2008 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Brady Morton's body discovered three days after Port Huron Float Down
2
Boko Haram overruns Nigerian police academy
3
Amanda Curtis launches Montana Senate campaign after Walsh bows out
4
Oil spill reported in North Dakota
5
U.S. attempted rescue of James Foley, ISIS demanded $132M ransom
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback