GM to Extend Marriage Benefits to Couples in Same-Sex Marriages

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Reaffirming its place at the forefront of societal change, GM has become an early adopter within the automotive community to extend benefits to the spouses of employees in same-sex marriages. Remarkably, benefits are extended even to those employees living in states that do not recognize the relatively new institution, so long as the couple has been married in a state that does recognize same-sex marriage. Previous plans regarding employees and their spouses living in domestic partnerships are not affected.

The new benefits policy includes the ability to name a same-sex spouse as a dependent for tax purposes, to name him or her as a spousal beneficiary of savings plans, and the ability to choose surviving spouse benefits as part of a pension plan. It will also be possible to add spouses to health-care coverage.

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The new policy underscores GM’s efforts to work with and for the LGBT community. Since 2000, the company has recognized LGBT employee associations, and it has added and enforced non-discrimination policies. An advertisement for the Volt supporting Detroit’s Gay Pride festival in 2012 (pictured above) was among the more public displays of support, having gone viral at the time.

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