VA’s new life insurance law benefits same-sex couples

GOP Governor in Virginia Signs Life Insurance Bill Benefiting Gays

B. Daniel Blatt
Gay Patriot

Thanks to a bill passed by the Republican House of Delegates, Democratic state Senate and signed into law by the Republican Governor, life just improved for gay people in the Commonwealth of Virginia. And all without spending one dime of taxpayer money or limiting the freedom of private enterprise. Indeed, this law expands their freedom, allowing companies to offer a greater range of benefits:

Previously, state law permitted Virginia residents to take out group life insurance coverage only for a legal spouse or a child under age 25. But the new statute, which takes effect July 1, broadens that group of people to include anyone with whom a Virginia resident has a substantial and economic interest, including a same-sex partner.

A Republican Delegate Tom Rust of Fairfax served as this bill’s “patron”.

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