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Help for School Districts that deal with same sex marriage

Published: October 30, 2013, 2:59 pm, by Carol McGraw


Three national  education groups have  developed a set of questions and answers to help districts with  issues related to the Defense of Marriage Act.

The  document is called  “The Do’s and Don’ts  of  DOMA: FAQs for School Systems and Employees  on the United States Supreme Court ruling on Same Sex-marriage.”

It delves into how employee benefit plans and policies are affected.  School districts employe 6.2 million people, so the ruling has extensive reach, officials said in a press release.The groups that worked on the project included the  National School Boards Association (NSBA) , National Education Association (NEA) and the American Association of  School Administrators.

The information can be found at http://www.nsba.org/doma.

Employees in a same-sex marriage must receive the same benefits provisions as employees in an opposite-sex marriage, regardless of the state in which they live, the officials noted.

“School districts are collectively the largest employers in the U.S. and they need to be aware of how this pivotal ruling changes employee benefits and benefit administration,” NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentze said in the announcement.

“This is a major breakthrough in federal employment law, and this document will help clarify the many questions school systems and employees will have as the Court’s ruling is implemented.”