Homosexual Group Takes Aim At Exxon-Mobil Policy
July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM
(CNSNews.com) - The Human Rights Commission, one of the nation's largest homosexual advocacy groups, is calling on members to complain to the newly-formed Exxon-Mobil Corporation after it announced it would not grant the unmarried domestic partnership benefits.
"Exxon-Mobil's new policy may make them the first major U.S. employer ever to roll back a non-discrimination policy and the second to end domestic partnership benefits," said a release from HRC, which also urges "stockholder action."
"HRC asks members to inform the Exxon-Mobil Corporation that their decision to treat gay and lesbian workers unfairly and unequally is not acceptable, bad business and a prime example or corporate irresponsibility," continues the release.
Exxon-Mobil spokesperson Tom Cirigliano told CNSNews.com that Exxon-Mobil does have in place an anti-discrimination policy that mentions sexual orientation, and that the domestic partnership policy "is not meant to be anti-gay."
"The Exxon-Mobil policy provides benefits to spouses in legally-recognized marriages," said Cirigliano. "This eliminates the need for the company to establish criteria of its own with which to establish the legitimacy of any relationship, whether it's homosexual or heterosexual. . . . We're just not smart enough to pry into private lives and discover what is and isn't a legitimate relationship."
Cirigliano said that homosexual couples in countries that recognize same-sex marriage would receive domestic partnership benefits.
Cirgliano said that Exxon-Mobil has received "a fair amount of mail" from people on both sides of the issue, but was unable to determine whether or not any shareholder had sold Exxon-Mobil stock as a result of the policy.
A spokesperson with the Human Rights Commission would not comment to CNSNews.com besides stating that the organization "stands by the release."