Exxon-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.”