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Baptist Health: Only legally married spouses 'in accordance with Florida law' eligible for insurance

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In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in June to strike section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), we've seen companies like AutoNation announce that legally married same-sex partners would now be eligible to receive health insurance benefits.

Wal-Mart, the nation's largest private employer, announced in August it would insure all domestic partners beginning Jan. 1.

Baptist Health South Florida seems to have gone in the other direction, spelling out that only legally married spouses according to Florida law are eligible for insurance benefits in 2014.

(In 2008, Florida voters defined marriage as between one man and one woman and banned recognition of legally performed gay marriages elsewhere.)

In 2013, Baptist Health guidelines defined eligibility as "Your legal spouse and/or ..."

In 2014, Baptist Health guidelines now define eligibility as "Your spouse in accordance with Florida law, and ..."

Still, the company prides itself as "The Best Place for Diversity."

Baptist Health's website even contains a diversity jingle:

The Best Place for Diversity
Is one that embraces patients from curb to curb.

The Best Place for Diversity
Is one where medical service is superb!

Ricardo_ForbesThere is no better reflection of the diverse cultures and people of the world than South Florida.  From culture and life experiences to language, Baptist Health strives to tap the rich human capital that exists all around us.  This dynamic community makes us Fortune magazine’s Best Place for Diversity.  Patients, family members, physicians and employees all feel embraced by our culture of inclusion… from curb to curb.  We invite you to learn more about our Baptist Health family.

Ricardo Forbes, corporate vice president &
chief diversity officer, Baptist Health South Florida

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Disgraceful Steve. Simply disgraceful. If we had a marginally sane governor things might be a bit different.

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