Legally married same-sex Boone County employees to get benefits
BOONE COUNTY - PROMO announced Monday legally married same-sex Boone County employees are eligible for retirement benefits.
PROMO, which is Missouri's statewide advocacy organization promoting equal treatment under the law for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, said now all legally married Boone County employees are entitled to survivor benefits from the County Employees' Retirement Fund (CERF).
The CERF board made the decision at its Dec. 2 meeting.
"This action appropriately brings the county pension plan in line with recent court rulings in Missouri that clearly state that all marriages, regardless of where they were celebrated, deserve to be respected," Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway said.
Missouri law now recognizes same-sex spouses in states where same-sex marriage is legal. So, if a same-sex couple gets married in one of those states and then moves to Missouri, the couple would be considered married for CERF retirement plans. St. Louis Judge Rex Burlison lifted the statewide ban against same-sex marriage Nov. 5.