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Gay Partners of I.B.M. Workers to Get Benefits
Millennium March On Washington Organization Endorsement Form
Following in the footsteps of many top American companies, the Democratic National Committee said today that it would offer same-sex partners the same health benefits available to spouses of its employees. Single-sex marriage has not been legalized, so such benefit offerings are not required by law. Nevertheless, approximately companies, including Microsoft, the International Business Machines Corporation, the Walt Disney Company, Apple Computer and Time-Warner, offer health benefits to domestic partners of their employees. In addition, numerous cities, counties and universities offer similar programs. The Democratic National Committee said it had decided on the policy because it was sound business sense. Among Fortune companies, about half have policies barring discrimination against homosexuals; among Fortune companies, half have domestic partnership health benefits similar to the policy the committee is adopting, according to the Human Rights Campaign, a Washington group that lobbies on gay and lesbian issues.
Apple's Tim Cook speaks out against pro-discrimination laws
Apple, along with a slew of other companies, recently leant its support to a recent filing on gay marriage that will soon be presented before the U. Supreme Court as the nation's nine justices prepare to rule on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8. Originally put on the ballot in , Proposition 8 was an initiative which sought to define marriage in California as existing exclusively between a man and a woman. Notably, Apple is joining forces with over 60 companies all seeking to have California's Prop 8 deemed unconstitutional. With the Supreme Court set to begin hearing arguments on the issue on March 26, it's perhaps a good time to look back at how Apple and Steve Jobs have long been champions of equal rights for gays.
The nation's largest gay political organization has reached into the corporate world for an executive director to guide it through what promises to be a tumultuous period in the gay-rights movement. Elizabeth Birch, the year-old chief litigator at Apple Computer Inc. The fund fights discrimination against homosexuals through organizing, lobbying and financial support for political candidates. Birch said yesterday.