I am a gay man, and I recently got married to my partner of five years (surprise). Still in newlywed bliss, I applied for health benefits for my spouse with my company (Legacy Health System). Today in the mail I rec'd notice that Legacy had denied my request to add my husband to my policy.
I have been with my company for 17 years. Legacy is one of Oregon's largest employers with over 7,000 employees and is based right here in good old Multnomah county. I might also add that several other prominent Oregon health care systems (Kaiser & OHSU) have offered domestic partner benefits for many years.