contains links to lists of employers in the private sector which provide domestic partner
health benefits. Each type of employer has two separate categories: "The Good
Guys" and "The Almost-Good Guys."
Employers listed in the "good guys" category provide
benefits to all domestic partners, same-sex and heterosexual couples alike. These
companies do not force heterosexual couples to marry in order to obtain equal benefits in
Employers listed in the "not-so-good" category have
adopted domestic partner benefits programs for same-sex couples only. Unmarried
heterosexual couples are not eligible for these plans. At these companies, opposite-sex
partners are required to marry in order to obtain health and other benefits. While these
companies have made some progress by partly moving away from the "marriage only"
model for benefits, they continue to engage in marital status discrimination by telling
heterosexual workers that they must marry in order to participate in the companys
benefits plan. The gender restrictions in these plans should be eliminated so that all
unmarried couples are eligible.
The information contained in these lists was obtained from surveys
conducted by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. Survey results are
published on their web site at www.nlgja.org.