On July 29, 2011, the New York State Department of Tax and Finance issued guidance regarding the impact of New York's legalization of same-sex marriage on the tax treatment of employee benefits provided to same-sex spouses.
Illinois' new Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act (Civil Union Act) went into effect on June 1, 2011.
This week, the Illinois legislature approved a civil unions bill that appears all but certain to become law.
On July 7, 2009, the District of Columbia began recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions.
A recent California Supreme Court decision to recognize same-sex marriages and recent federal legislation banning discrimination based on genetic testing warrants a “checkup” for employee benefit plans, including group health, life, and other welfare benefits.