Same-Sex Spouse Insurance On Hold In University of Arkansas System

May 20, 2014

Employees of the University of Arkansas system received notice last week that those who are married to spouses of the same-sex may now add their spouses to their insurance coverage. However, the Arkansas Supreme Court's stay of Judge Chris Piazza's same-sex marriage ruling has changed that.

In a memo, UA System General Counsel Fred Harrison said any same-sex couples married in Arkansas before the stay or any couples married in another state recognizing same-sex marriages shall not be eligible for benefits until the case has run its course.

Harrison said that, otherwise, both the University and individuals concerned would run the risk of entering into legal relationships about important matters such as health care that might later be overturned.