LGBT Couples In Georgia: What Are Your Rights?Written on January 12, 2015
There are a number of states that recognize same-sex marriages. Georgia, however, isn’t one of them. As the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community continues to grow, it’s important to plan for the future. There are certain steps you can take to ensure both you and your partner are taken care of.
Insurance benefits are a topic of great concern and interest to many same-sex couples. In states that recognize same-sex marriages, private employers and insurance companies must offer insurance benefits to both the employee and the partner. In Georgia, where such unions aren’t recognized, it can be difficult to obtain those benefits. If you have been legally married in another state, and now live in Georgia, this state doesn’t recognize the marriage as being “legal,” which means insurance and other benefits could be difficult to arrange.
The City of Atlanta offers Certificates of Domestic Partnership to same-gender couples. These certificates are available to city employees as well as residents. City of Atlanta employees may extend health insurance and pension benefits to their certified domestic partners.
Publix stores recently began offering health benefits to couples in states where same-sex marriages are recognized. Although Publix has many stores in Georgia, any type of same-sex marriages or unions aren’t legally recognized here, which means the insurance benefits will most likely not be extended to partners.
There are groundbreaking lawsuits and legal precedents regarding same-sex couples occurring all the time around the country. If you feel you have been discriminated against based on your lifestyle, or believe you aren’t receiving benefits you are entitled to receive, call The Silverbach Group today. We are a firm that will stand by you, protect your rights and fight for equality.
There are some other things that same-sex couples, whether legally married or not, should consider. Those include:
• Estate planning
• Trust and will preparation
• Advanced healthcare directives
• Durable powers of attorney
• Partnership Agreements
• Co-parenting Agreements
It’s never too early to start planning for your and your family’s future. This is true for all couples, whether the union is recognized by the state or not. If you have questions regarding any matters related to your partnership, call The Silverbach Group today. We have a wealth of experience in all areas of the law and can assist you today. We are always available for consultation and questions. You can reach us at (770) 635-0334.