A memo went out Tuesday to 90,000 state employees in Georgia notifying them of the employment benefits that same-sex spouses are eligible for now that marriage equality is the law of the land. Check out this opening passage that many would never have imagined they’d see:
On Friday, June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that requires all states to recognize marriages between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed in Georgia or another state. This decision requires states to recognize same sex marriages to the same extent that they recognize marriages between a man and a woman.
Governor Deal has confirmed that Georgia will follow the federal law, and Attorney General Olens has instructed state agencies to ensure their practices conform to the law.
This memorandum addresses employment benefits that will now be made available to all spouses of employees of the State of Georgia in accordance with the Supreme Court’s ruling.