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Cambridge Pays Gay Employees More to Offset Unfair Healthcare Tax

July 11th, 2011 Scott Rosenfeld
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In Cambridge, Massachusetts, 22 gay and lesbian employees will find a little more on their next paychecks than their straight colleagues. The bonus, however, is not about favoritism. It’s about fairness.

Beginning this month, the city of Cambridge will be paying its gay public employees a stipend to offset an unequal healthcare tax. While heterosexual employees of the city are able to put their spouses on the employer-provided health insurance, the Defense of Marriage Act forces the government to tax the coverage of homosexual spouses. The new stipend will even out the income lost due to the healthcare tax.

Cambridge is the first US city to establish this kind of a stipend. The measure was approved last month by the Cambridge city council.

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