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Railroads to add health benefits for same-sex spouses

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A day after two gay engineers from Washington filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against BNSF Railway, a coalition representing the nation’s largest freight carriers announced big rail will begin providing health-care benefits to same-sex spouses of employees starting next year.

“The nation’s largest freight carriers will provide dependent health-care coverage to eligible same-sex spouses of covered railroad employees effective Jan. 1, 2014,” the National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC) said in the statement. The NRLC is a Washington, D.C.-based coalition for BNSF and other rail companies that bargains with the 13 major unions representing rail workers.

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