Exec Order Helps Gay Couples in Virginia

The reality that same-sex marriage is here to stay has sunk in–even in a historically conservative state such as Virginia.

Earlier this week, Governor Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order requiring state agencies to change their policies to accommodate same-sex couples.

Under the order, same-sex spouses of same-sex employees will be eligible for health benefits within 60 days of eligibility. Same-sex couples also will likely be able to adopt children, make medical decisions for one another, visit each other in the hospital, transfer inheritances and file joint tax returns.


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