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Survey: More than half of U.S. employers offer domestic partner, same-sex benefits

BROOKFIELD, WI (WTAQ) - A survey by a Brookfield firm shows that over half of U.S. employers offer at least some benefits to employees’ domestic partners and same-sex spouses.

The International Foundation of Employee Benefits’ Plans also found that a quarter of firms extend benefits to all same-sex married couples – even if they live in states like Wisconsin that do not recognize gay marriage.

Also, about 45 percent of the companies surveyed said they extend benefits to unmarried partners of the opposite sex.

Over 915 corporate officials responded to the survey, taken after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in June.

So far at least, companies have generally not made big changes to their benefits and policies as a result of the court ruling.

Two-thirds of those surveyed said they were waiting for further guidance and clarifications.