Wal-Mart extends insurance benefits to domestic partners

The decision comes after the U.S. Supreme Court forced the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages

Sixty-two percent of Fortune 500 companies offer health insurance benefits for domestic partners, but before yesterday, that list did not include Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the second largest employer in the country behind the federal government.

Now, however, Wal-Mart has changed its stance. The company announced Tuesday it will offer health insurance benefits to domestic partners of its U.S. employees starting next year. The company also plans to begin offering vision care and free knee and hip joint replacements to eligible employees and their dependents.

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