Corporate America ahead of Govt on Gay Issues

If the government was a corporation, I bet equal rights would be a lot easier to come by.

Consider this column in Forbes Magazine which points out that 249 of the Fortune 500 now offer health and other benefits to same-sex partners of their employees.

And that number will no doubt continue to climb. In Wisconsin over 100 public employers offer DP benefits, including Miller Brewing, Procter & Gamble, Lands End, and Kimberly Clark.
"Corporate America is ahead of government in providing equal treatment for GLBT people because it knows that fairness is good for business," declares Joe Solmonese, president of Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay and lesbian civil rights group.
And why is equal treatment important to business?
Meredith Benton of Walden Asset Management, which filed with Leggett & Platt, says, "You want to be sure you have access to the best and brightest employees. That is most successfully done when you have an inclusive workplace."
But not only does fair treatment to gay and lesbian employers help recruit and maintain good employees, it also helps attract gay customers.
Gay purchasing power in the U.S. has been estimated at $641 billion a year by one gay-friendly research firm.
You’d think that the government would start realizing how important gay and lesbian people are to Wisconsin’s economy, and would start doing everything it takes to keep us working, living, and spending our money in this state.

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At 10:48 AM, Blogger Heidi Rosby said...

This summer Humana joins the list of corporations that truly support all employees by offering domestic partner benefits!

At 8:15 AM, Blogger jeff said...

To be truly fair, shouldnt the companies that offer benefits to same sex couples also offer them to heterosexual couples who are not married but in a committed relationship?

At 9:18 AM, Anonymous Kent W said...

To Jeff, I agree that in ALL fairness this would be the case, however don't forget, those couples do have the option to get married. Gays and Lesbians DON'T have that option. I personally would not devote my time to the heterosexual couples entitlements until the LGBT community was given equal rights as we are limited by our options.

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Ingrid Ankerson said...

Companies that offer domestic partner health benefits offer them to any unmarried couples-- gay or non-gay.

At 2:57 PM, Blogger Ingrid Ankerson said...

Well, I stand corrected. Bruce Harville, one of our board members who is helping with our business outreach, let me know that his employer only offers DP benefits to same-sex couples.


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