Posted by: outandequal | July 27, 2011

Marriage Equality Town Call – Thursday, July 28

Join us on Thursday for our Town Call: The Business Case for Marriage Equality

A patchwork set of laws and protections impact same sex couples—and their employers— in the United States. A company may be able to consider all married employees equally in one state, accept domestic partner registrations in another, and be prohibited from recognizing same sex partners at all in a third. These differences in the rights accorded to same-sex couples can impact a company’s ability to recruit, retain, and relocate employees. It is very challenging to offer comparable compensation across jurisdictions and companies face a maze of complicated record keeping requirements.

Join us as we hear from a panel of legal and corporate experts discussing how corporations can address marriage equality—and live with the current inequalities. This presentation was one of the most informative workshops at the 2010 Out & Equal Workplace Summit and will provide valuable information your company on how to advance full equality for LGBT employees.

Noon (PT)
This call is free. Click here to register.

And, as you may know, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Senate bill S.598, The Respect for Marriage Act of 2011 on July 20. The bill, introduced in the Senate in March of this year by Senator Dianne Feinstein, would repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bars the recognition of same-sex marriages.

Out & Equal submitted testimony to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. The following sum up our main points:

DOMA:

  • interferes with a corporation’s climate of diversity, inclusion and creativity
  • impedes the recruitment and retention of talent, including a company’s ability to relocate their employees as needed
  • limits a corporation’s choices in the benefits they offer to their employees or requires them to provide expensive alternative solutions in order to treat their employees equally
  • imposes burdensome recordkeeping and management responsibilities on human resources departments

Read the entire Out & Equal’s Business Case for Marriage document here.

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