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Google Puts Same-Sex Couples on an Even Footing

July 4th, 2010 by Admin

Thank you Google!  For providing equal rights to ALL your employees by equalizing the added tax gay people are required to pay in order to receive domestic partner health benefits. Under federal law, health benefits provided by employers for domestic partners are considered taxable income. It’s a tax that heterosexual married couples do not have to pay (heterosexuals have the option of avoiding the tax by getting married—gays do not have that option.)  The result of this unfair tax of domestic partner benefits is that gay employees must pay about $1069 more per year in taxes than married employees.  When a gay employee pointed out the disparity, Google looked at what they could do to put “same-sex couples on an even footing with heterosexual employees whose spouses and families receive health benefits.”  So Google agreed to reimburse their gay employees to make up for the difference in the unfair tax.  

Now Focus on the Family is saying that rather than leveling the playing field, Google is giving their gay employees special treatment.   Focus certainly seems to spend a lot of their time trying to insure that gay people are treated like second-class citizens. If Focus would spend more time putting their own house in order instead of constantly scapegoating gays we would all be better off. If anyone has a gay agenda it’s Focus on the Family.  

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