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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's largest health care employer will soon begin providing insurance benefits for employees' domestic partners.
Intermountain Healthcare says as of January 1, 2011, employees with domestic partners will have access to the same benefits as married employees.
Cathy Martinez, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center at the University of Utah, says it's good news, and it's about time.
"Really, it's a human issue because domestic partner benefits also benefit those who identify as heterosexual but are unmarried for whatever reason," Martinez says.
Intermountain says numerous companies already offer similar benefits, including the University of Utah and MountainStar Healthcare.
CLICK HERE to read a statement from Intermountain Healthcare.