An increasing number of employers are requiring that same-sexpartners be married in order for employees’ partners to qualify forhealth care benefits.

That’s according to a survey from the International Foundationof Employee Benefit Plans, which tracks the change over the lastcouple of years.

In findings from its surveys on employee benefits taken sinceJune 2015, when a U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalized same-sexmarriage throughout the country, IFEBP found that from 2014 to2016, the percentage of employers providing benefits to same-sexpartners in legally recognized civil unions fell from 51 percent to 31percent. The report says that most states that previouslyregistered civil unions stopped doing so after the court's rulingon same-sex marriage, although not all couples with civil unionshave married.

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