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Exxon-Mobil To Recognize Legal Same-Sex Marriages

800px-ExxonMobilDowntownHoustonTXExxon-Mobil may not be willing to implement a non-discrimination policy that specifically covers LGBT people, but they are making it clear that they will begin to offer marital benefits to same-sex couples in the United States as of 1 October. The benefits will be for all legally married same-sex couples in the US.

The move makes legally married same-sex couples eligible for Exxon-Mobil’s healthcare plans. The same-sex couple needs to have a marriage license from a state or nation where same-sex marriage is legally valid.

Currently, there are 13 states which have legalized same-sex marriage, along with the District of Columbia.

Exxon-Mobil is currently facing a lawsuit centering around LGBT discrimination in Illinois. Exxon-Mobil maintains that they do not discriminate based upon sexual orientation or gender identity; however, they do not have a non-discrimination policy that specifically states that.

The company stated that they are simply following the lead of the US Government.

In June, the United States Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Exxon-Mobil
spokesman Alan Jeffers stated that “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.”

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