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Mayo Clinic employees in same-sex partnerships now must marry to get partner benefits

The clinic has given partner benefits to same-sex couples since 2000, but now those partners will have to marry by 2014 to remain eligible.

The new law allowing same-sex marriage in Minnesota will mean changes for Mayo Clinic employees in same-sex partnerships.

The clinic has provided partner benefits to employees living together in same-sex relationships since 2000, but now those employees must get married by the end of 2014 to retain those benefits.

Mayo does not provide family benefits to opposite sex couples who are not married.

Says the Rochester Post-Bulletin:

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Mayo began providing health insurance benefits to employees in same-sex partnerships in 2000. That policy stated that if same-sex marriage became legal in the state in which a couple live, they would be required to get married in order to continue receiving those benefits.

Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Mayo’s director of diversity and inclusion, said Mayo wanted to set a deadline for the policy change that would give employees plenty of time to plan.

“What we really wanted to do was give our employees plenty of time to have the kind of marriage they want and not rush into it,” she said.