The retirement system for state employees will now extend benefits to same-sex couples married in other states.
Wrap: The Board of Trustees for retirement system which covers state employees voted Monday to extend spousal benefits to same-sex married couples.
The six to three vote by the board came after State Treasurer Clint Zweifel made a motion asking the board to discuss the issue.
State Republican party director Matt Wills called the treasurer's move a desperate attempt to stay relevant.
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Zweifel, who was not made available for comment, applauded the decision in a statement.
Reporting from the state capitol I'm Matt Kalish, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.
Same-sex couples are now covered by the retirement for state employees
Wrap: Same-sex couples might not be able to get married in Missouri, but they're now covered by the retirement plan for state employees.
In a six to three vote, the plan's board of trustees voted Monday to entend spousal benefits to same-sex couples married in other states.
PROMO executive director A.J. Bockelman praised the move.
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This follows Governor Jay Nixon's decision to allow same-sex couples to file joint tax returns. The healthcare plan for state employees also covers same-sex couples.
Missouri Republican party director Matt Wills criticized the move, citing the state's consitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
Reporting from the state capitol, Matt Kalish Newsradio 1120 KMOX.