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Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, Texas' public employers were trying to figure out when their employees' same-sex spouses would be able to get benefits.
But as the Tribune's Alexa Ura reports, most of those employers are opening enrollment today:
As of today, public employers including Texas agencies, universities and schools will allow current and retired gay and lesbian employees to enroll their same-sex spouses in the same benefit programs and services available to opposite-sex couples.
The Teacher Retirement System of Texas, the University of Texas System, the Texas A&M University System and the Employees Retirement System — which oversees benefits for state employees and all other public universities and community colleges — changed their policies days after the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry and that states must recognize same-sex marriages from other states.
Prior to the court’s ruling, Texas law prohibited same-sex spouses from being included as an “eligible dependent” on health insurance plans subsidized by the state. (Texas pays 50 percent of the health insurance premiums for state employees.)
It's unclear how many people will enroll, although the employers said they've heard interest from some already.
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