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Music guild OKs same-sex benefits

Hope to adopt provisions that redefines 'spouses'

HOLLYWOOD — Trustees of the Health and Retirement Plans of the American Guild of Musical Artists have changed policy to recognize same-sex marriages.

The trustees have adopted a provision that redefines “spouses” to include same-sex couples married under the laws of any jurisdiction or state without regard to the state in which they reside.

Mark Weinstein, trustee chairman and exec director of the Pittsburgh Opera, said, “Our position is that legally married couples are entitled to the same fundamental right of access to health care regardless of their sex or the state where they reside.”

Alan Gordon, AGMA’s national exec director and a trustee, said, “We have long recognized the appropriateness of providing health insurance coverage for domestic partners and extending that coverage to any of our members who are legally married in any state or country is the logical extension of that policy.”

AGMA reps opera singers, ballet dancers and production personnel. The Health and Retirement Plans are overseen by six union trustees and six management trustees.

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