Walmart to offer health benefits to same-sex couples - WKRN News 2

Walmart to offer health benefits to same-sex couples

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Starting next year, a retail giant will offer health insurance benefits to same-sex couples and domestic partners.

Walmart announced the change to employees by mailing them a postcard this week.

Benefits will soon apply to same-sex couples, as well as domestic partners of opposite genders that have lived together in a committed relationship for at least one year.

The decision comes just months after the Supreme Court overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined "marriage" and "spouse" as applying to only heterosexual couples.

Walmart employees will be able to enroll for the new benefits from October 12 through November 1.

The company has over 2.2 million workers .

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