Exxon to Offer Some Marriage Benefits

After refusing a few months ago to even pass a shareholder resolution to offer discrimination protection for LGBT employees, Exxon has now decided to offer benefits to same-sex partners in those states that recognize such marriages as legal.

Exxon says it will begin offering benefits to legally married same-sex couples in the U.S. for the first time as of Oct. 1.

The company says it will recognize “all legal marriages” when it determines eligibility for health care plans for the company’s 77,000 employees and retirees in the U.S.

That means if a gay employee has been married in a state or country where gay marriage is legal, his or her spouse will be eligible for benefits with Exxon starting next year.

As Right Wing Watch notes, it will be interesting to hear what Tony Perkins has to say about this. A few months ago, when the company’s shareholders refused discrimination protection, he absurdly claimed that Exxon’s stock was doing well because of their anti-gay policies.

At ExxonMobil, shareholders put their stock in something other than political correctness. Hello, I’m Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. It won’t change the price of gas, but it may comfort you to know that at ExxonMobil, your business isn’t fueling the homosexual agenda. For the 14th straight year, ExxonMobil refused to add special protections for sexual orientation in its employment policy. And while the outcome wasn’t a surprise, the margin of victory certainly was. By a four-to-one ratio, shareholders said “no,” shocking liberals and bolstering other companies under pressure from corporate bullies. Liberals say these kinds of views can affect your bottom line — and they’d be right! ExxonMobil is coming off its second-biggest profit year ever. The company’s shares rose 2% last year, as more investors flock to an organization unafraid to take a stand. Maybe Exxon’s courage will help other companies drill down on their priorities. Until then, at least this gas company is keeping our values in the pipeline.

Yeah, their stock couldn’t be doing well because high gas prices have led to the largest profits in the history of the world the last few years. It has to be the bigotry that’s doing it. Seriously, wingnuts just don’t seem to ever care about logic or facts. Any argument that supports their ideological position will be made, no matter how stupid it is.

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  • Michael Heath

    The newspaper article I read on this issue failed miserably by not reporting Exxon’s past bigoted policies and their resistance to changing to non-bigoted polices. Instead the article was framed as if Exxon is merely changing policies to reflect federal law, with zero context on how other companies treat their employees.

  • But their other policies will still be evil, right?

  • Nemo

    Let me get this straight: He’s using the phrase “corporate bullies” to mean… people… who bully… corporations?

  • pianoman, Heathen & Torontophile

    I’m glad they’re doing this, but I still refuse to buy gas from them. While they’re at it, have the shareholders do something about their corporate policy of paying “scientists” to refute climate change with utter bullshit.

  • Loqi


    Corporations are delicate people who need to be protected against the marauding bands of homobullies.

  • zero6ix

    “Exxon: We stand strong in the face of overwhelming change, because we are all ancient rich white men, with the values that brings.”

    Such a brave stance to take.

  • colnago80

    Re #4

    It is my information that Exxon stopped its contributions to the Heartland Foundation some time ago.

  • bushrat

    @6 zero6ix Now to be fair they’re not ALL ancient rich white men, there is a white woman, black man and a black woman on their board…see diversity. Really it’s just important that you are old, rich and devoid of a conscience when you run a giant soulless corporation.

  • magistramarla

    I so want to see the day when these corporations are rendered powerless by the invention of cheap and easy to access green energy. Please scientists, make this happen quickly!

  • pocketnerd

    Funny how the price of gasoline is always due to a failure to drill in whatever place the fossil fuel industry currently lusts after, and never because of record profit margins for said industry.

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    Also, I hate to break it to perkins, but having your stock go up two whole percent? That’s not “doing well”.

  • freehand

    magistramarla: I so want to see the day when these corporations are rendered powerless by the invention of cheap and easy to access green energy. Please scientists, make this happen quickly!

    As I understand it, wind is about the same market price as coal and oil power production, and solar (photovoltaic panels) will be soon. They would both be significantly cheaper if we considered:

    1. The direct financial government subsidies of tax breaks and cheap public land use.

    2. The much larger invisible subsidies of allowing them to poison the commons without cleaning up after themselves. We subsidize them with tax dollars for cleanup, the livers and lungs of our families, loss of property values, and the immense cost (with possible breakdown of civilization and even extinction) from global warming.