Agent of change: Employers review insurance, sick leave policies after high court ruling on same‑sex marriage

Just days after the U.S. Supreme Court left intact lower court rulings overturning bans on same-sex marriage in five states, including Oklahoma, employee benefits attorney Brandon Long was interviewed by The Journal Record on how the decision affects employers.

“Even before the court decision yesterday, retirement plans are required to recognize the marriage of a same-sex spouse as long as it was entered into in a state where same-sex spouses are legal,” said Long. “On the health side, it’s still messy, for sure. You’re not required to offer health care coverage to a same-sex spouse, but I think it could be risky for you not to.”