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County Extends Health Care Benefits to Same-Sex Couples

The decision comes one month after an arbitrator ruled the county must grant benefits to same-sex partners of police officers.

Baltimore County will offer health care benefits to same-sex couples who were legally married in other states.

The announcement Thursday comes nearly one month after an to the same-sex partners of police officers. The ruling applies to couples who were legally married in other states.

Currently, same-sex marriage is not legal in Maryland. The state also does not currently recognize those marriages that are performed in other states.

The county will begin offering the benefits on Jan. 1, 2012 after the change was approved earlier this week by the county's Health Care Review Committee, according to a statement released Thursday.

"I am pleased that the Health Care Review Committee acted on my recommendation this week. Extending these benefits to couples legally married in other states is the right thing to do," County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said in the statement.

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ANITA ROSENBERG December 17, 2011 at 01:53 AM
Oh my. I want to flag this as inapropriate but we do have free speech. When were you born?
Tim December 17, 2011 at 05:26 AM
Gomer: First, Religion is a faith based system/concept. Nothing more, nothing less. Now, there's nothing wrong with believing in something. We have religious freedom in this country. My problem is when these beliefs are used to dictate secular governmental policy - with the exception, of course, of how individuals choose to vote. hmj: There are laws, established by our society, that deem people like Jeffs and Sandusky are deviants. Big difference.
rdnkkkgrl helsel December 22, 2011 at 03:20 AM
this just goes to show you how much our country is going down hill its not about religious beliefs its about bible facts our govt is a freakin joke we cant even get health insurance on us let alone gay marriages the bible specifically states that a marriage is supposed to be between man and woman to pro-create life anything else INCLUDING GAY MARRIAGES IS A SIN it also has a few more scriptures about it it is just plain wrong and there the ones who'll have to answer to god for it
Brandon December 22, 2011 at 10:07 AM
it also has 1000 passes that says we should love one another and there's a really big one that says something about not bearing false witness. with that in mind please point out your reference to where it says 'gay marriage is a sin" and then after you sho us that one show us where it specifically says "marriage is only between one man and one woman." I'm hold you to this because you know these things are not mentioned in the Bible as if that really means anything in a SECULAR civil issue... Nobody is telling you how to practice your religion. You seem to forget that there are other people here who do not adhear to your system of beliefs. Our government is based on Our Constitution not your Bible or someones else's Religious book.
Bart December 22, 2011 at 01:11 PM
The Bible has been blamed for a lot of "rules" bandied about by some people. Some people shop through it to serve any purpose they desire. Keep your Bible out of my life, and out of the government.

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