State to expand benefits to gay spouses

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Tue, Jun 30, 2015 - 4:16pm -- (View the original Denton Record-Chronicle article.)

Denton Record-Chronicle

Same-sex spouses of state employees will now be eligible for benefits, as well as their dependents, and can enroll during the current open enrollment period.

This means Deborah Leliaert, a vice president at the University of North Texas, will be able to enroll her wife, Paula Woolworth, for benefits this week. The two filed a lawsuit earlier this month against the state’s Employee Retirement System in the hopes of getting Woolworth ensured through the state’s health policy.


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