Gay marriage comes to Georgia: The HR memo

Many of you may wonder what a real cultural revolution looks like. The answer? Like any other memo from a human resources department.

Below is a note sent Tuesday to to more than 90,000 state employees in Georgia, explaining that same-sex spouses are now eligible for all employment benefits previously restricted to heterosexual couples:

When she distributed the info, Sherry Landry, assistant fiscal officer for the General Assembly, offered these paragraphs:

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that requires all states to recognize marriages between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed in Georgia or another state. This decision requires states to recognize same sex marriages to the same extent that they recognize marriages between a man and a woman

Governor Deal has confirmed that Georgia will follow the federal law, and Attorney General Olens has instructed state agencies to ensure their practices conform to the law.

This memorandum addresses employment benefits that will now be made available to all spouses of employees of the State of Georgia in accordance with the Supreme Court’s ruling.

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.