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Three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court established the right of same-sex couples to marry nationwide, it’s unclear how the decision will affect the millions of Americans who have entered domestic partnerships in recent years as well as the companies who offer domestic partnership benefits.

Of 153 companies responding to an online survey by Mercer, a health care advocacy group, 19 percent provided benefits only to employees in same-sex relationships, presumably because those workers couldn’t marry. Now that that’s no longer an issue, 23 percent of those companies said they plan to drop DP plans in the next year and another 23 percent said they will consider ditching the plans in the next two to three years. Such changes in policy create a significant financial incentive for some couples to tie the knot.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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