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Same-sex benefits suit against FedEx can proceed, judge rules

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Stacey Schuett and Lesly Taboada-Hall had been partners for nearly 30 years, registered domestic partners since 2000, and the parents of two children when they got married in their Sebastopol home in June 2013. The next day, Taboada-Hall died of lung cancer at age 56.

Three months later, a Sonoma County judge issued Schuett a certificate that validated their marriage, even though it had taken place a week before the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that ended California’s ban on same-sex marriages. That didn’t stop FedEx Corp., Toboada-Hall’s longtime employer, from denying widow’s pension benefits to Schuett.

Now, Schuett has gained a legal victory that may be significant to other same-sex couples: A federal judge has ruled that she can sue FedEx for the benefits.

Read the whole story at SF Gate

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