My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Number of Gay-Friendly Companies Growing...

This is just good common sense...and it's why same-sex marriage is here to stay.
A record number of U.S. companies are trying to be gay-friendly, according to a survey released on Tuesday showing a growing number offering benefits and protections to gay and lesbian employees and customers.

An unprecedented 138 major U.S. companies scored 100 percent in a Corporate Equality Index compiled by the Human Rights Campaign, a Washington-based gay rights advocacy group.

That number was up from 101 companies last year and was 10 times higher than the 13 companies with that score in 2002, said the campaign, which conducts research and education programs and lobbies Congress.

Top companies offer such benefits as medical coverage and family leave to same-sex partners, prohibit discrimination against transgender workers or advertise in ways that respect gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, it said.

"More companies are not only implementing very comprehensive workplace policies that cover gay employees and their families but more companies are doing it faster and also seeking recognition for it," said Daryl Herrschaft, director of the group's workplace project.

Consistent high scorers since the group began the index in 2002 have been IBM Corp. IBM.N>, Citigroup, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Levi Strauss & Co and Nike Inc., he said.
Same-sex marriage now allows companies to only offer benefits to gays who marry - and companies need not extend benefits to straight couples who just live together. This to me is a Conservative position - ie. same-sex marriage is a plus for marriage in general.


Blogger Nicol DuMoulin said...

Of course even Elton John recently said marriage was a heterosexual term to define a relationship between a man and a woman and gay relationships were different.

I'm just sayin...

7:52 PM  
Blogger GayandRight said...

That's the beauty of being human...everybody is entitled to their opinion.

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Government should simply get out of the marriage business. Churches married people for centuries before the Canadian government came along, so marriage would still exist of course, just not legal marriage.

Everyone would then be treated equally before and under the law - no discrimination for or against marrieds.

And the best thing would be no political meddling in social institutions.

9:53 PM  
Blogger GayandRight said...

how do atheists get married then?

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Suricou Raven said...

I recall an incident some months ago... A company, I cant remember which, was supplying health insurance to the partners of same-sex couples when one was employed, same as they would supply it for married couples. A conservative-religious group sued the organisation, claiming that they were for all practical purposes recognising a relationship equivilent to marriage for same-sex partners in violation of the states gays-not-welcome ammendment. As far as I am aware, the case is ongoing.

6:16 AM  

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