Commissioners agree to 'Plus One' policy to employee benefits package

Commissioners agree to 'Plus One' policy to employee benefits package
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Monday, July 22, 2013 - 5:17pm

El Paso County Commissioners agreed Monday to add a 'Plus One' policy to the health benefits package they offer to county employees.

El Paso County is only one in a handful of local government agencies which offer benefits to same-sex couples.

A lawsuit, filed by El Pasoan Carl Starr claimed the county's health benefits were unconstitutional.
Based on the Texas Attorney General's opinion that the current state constitution defines marriage between a man and a woman. 

The county then considered the Plus One policy, which allows employees to select any person to receive benefits regardless of their relationship.
  

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