7-5-11: Same-Sex 401ks
If you are a same-sex spouse of a public employee in Maryland, you’re probably getting used to reading fine print. Maryland has recently granted same-sex spouses of state employees some of the benefits that different-sex couples enjoy–but not all.
Attorney General Doug Gansler wrote last year that Maryland should recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. And last week in Anne Arundel County, the school system started granting benefits to same-sex spouses. As the Annapolis Capital has pointed out, that’s not the case for county employees.
While the school system is relying on Attorney General Gansler’s opinion, Anne Arundel County attorney Jonathan Hodgson wrote last year that the county should not recognize out of state same-sex marriages.
To sort through the legal reasoning behind these differing interpretations of what an out-of-state same-sex marriage means in Maryland, Sheilah talks to both Anne Arundel County Attorney Jonathan Hodgson and Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler.