As a result of the Supreme Court's ruling in June overturning much of the Defense of Marriage Act, nearly all Nebraska school districts will begin offering insurance benefits to legally married same-sex couples. The Columbus Telegram reports:
Blue Cross Blue Shield recently decided to change its policy effective Jan. 1 because of the high court's ruling, and that company insures all but three of the state's 249 school districts through the Educators Health Alliance.
It wasn't immediately clear Monday how many of the 70,000 people covered by Blue Cross for the Educators Health Alliance might take advantage of the coverage for same-sex spouses. School district employees will have until Jan. 31 to sign up for benefits.
Nebraska's constitution dictates that only marriages between a man and a woman will be recognized or performed in the state.