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  1. alexoloughlin 28 Sep 2013, 2:16pm

    A step forward at least for Exxon, but….it’s employment policy still doesn’t include a non-discrimation clause for LGBT people applying for a job.

    The right wing religious freaks are already reacting, probably planning a boycott of Exxon.

  2. The so-called ‘land of the free and the home of the brave’ really will have to put that Bible down one day and not translate it so literally and be able to separate religion from the actions and policies of government.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 28 Sep 2013, 3:05pm

      Sadly, I don’t think that day is going to come any time soon. It’s the lifeline for the Republican party it seems.

      1. I have a vague hope that when they see that an anti-gay agenda no longer reaps electoral benefits, they may quietly decide to concentrate on other things. Sooner or later they’ll have a moderniser similar to David Cameron.

        Admittedly, many Republicans are steeped in it and will never change until the Grim Reaper takes them away, but it will steadily become more apparent that younger people don’t have any affinity with their bigotry. As gay marriages become commonplace in more states and the sky doesn’t fall in, it’ll become harder to use gay issues to rally what’s left of the Republican faithful.

        Being virulently anti-gay will be a bit like the Amish not having telephones and computers, it won’t be mainstream.

  3. CHRISTOPHER LEONARD 28 Sep 2013, 3:56pm

    This is NOT the first time technically. Mobil had partner benefits and they were take away when Mobil merged with Exxon. I wonder how many good Mobil employees they lost and what factor that played in this epiphany. Exxon Mobil has been under pressure to do this for years.

    1. They’ve routinely voted down shareholder resolutions prescribing non-discrimination for LGBTs — this is not sudden magnanimity on their part: They have to offer the same benefits to all married couples or face discrimination suits in every state they have offices, and my guess is their legal staff has told them they’ll lose. Since the Supreme Court decision in Windsor, there is no legal justification for discrimination on that score. That’s the same basis for lawsuits in Illinois and New Jersey right now — the state precluding access to federal benefits because of civil unions, which it doesn’t have the right to do.

      1. This just jumped out at me: ““We haven’t changed our eligibility criteria. It has always been to follow the federal definition and it will continue to follow the federal definition,” said Exxon spokesman Alan Jeffers.”

        Very clever face-saving. Translation: “See, we’re not anti-gay, we’ve just been following anti-gay federal laws which we’re not required to observe.” (The majority of the S&P 500 have had non-discrimination policies in place for years.)

  4. At what point does the community say, you have been fighting against gay equality so hard and for so long, it doesn’t matter when the law eventually forces you to comply. You have made yourself an enemy to gays for life?

    1. I understand your point but there should be encouragement for those companies to do the right thing. I fail to see how continuing a boycott will do anyone any good.

  5. It only took them 100 years.

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