Exxon To Offer Benefits To Same-Sex Couples

NEW YORK (September 27, 2013)--Exxon Mobil Corp., says it will recognize "all legal marriages" when it determines eligibility for health care plans for the company's 77,000 employees and retirees in the U.S.

That means if a gay employee has been married in a state or country where gay marriage is legal, his or her spouse will be eligible for benefits with the company starting on Jan. 1.

Exxon Mobil, which is facing a same-sex discrimination lawsuit in Illinois, said Friday it was following the lead of the U.S. government.

Federal agencies have begun to offer benefits to legally-married same sex couples in recent months.

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