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Boeing Denies Gay Married Couples Of Equal Benefits

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This is so awful!

The Boeing Company, which is based in Washington, has been negotiating employee pensions and reportedly are making no bones about denying gay couples equal rights.

The executive director of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, Ray Goforth, talked about what happened in the meetings, saying:

“[Boeing’s position] says to employees that they can be discriminated against based on who they are. Their answer was that they had no intention of granting pension survivor benefits to legally married same-sex couples because they didn't have to. We were profoundly disappointed to see that they would use a loophole to engage in institutionalized discrimination.”

Here, here!

While the state of Washington legalized gay marriage, Boeing is sticking to the fact that pensions are federally regulated.

The airplane-makers are being coy though, and not giving straight answers about the issue, saying, “Nothing is ever final in negotiations until they're over. What we said today is that [these pension benefits] are not currently addressed in the contract."

The company’s spokesman, Doug Alder, also called the accusations “blatantly false and, quite frankly, offensive.”

You know what they say, every rumor has a bit of truth to it!

We hope this is just a misunderstanding though, because denying anyone's rights is just so wrong!

[Image via Andres Otero/WENN.]

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16 comments to “Boeing Denies Gay Married Couples Of Equal Benefits”

  1. reader says – reply to this


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    this is not just a boeing issue, check out lockheed, mcdonall douglas, airbus. this is more industry standard than company standard. Also check out their survivor benefits for other mixed sex married couples. Bet you will be surprised. just hope that if you are married to a person that is retired from these companies that you die first or that they paid almost half of their retirement per month for the survivor benefit insurance. Just like the military

  2. kandycane says – reply to this


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    They would be stupid if they did! That means any two people could collect benefits. Ever seenChuck n Larry? It's about two guys that marry to collect benefits, but they are not gay. If I had a company id close down before id go that route.



  3. 3

    you are such an asshole PERVez.
    "u know what they say, every rumor has a bit of truth to it!"
    there is a rumor going around that you like little boys,, a bit of truth in this one?

  4. From Washington says – reply to this


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    Boeing is not based in Washington any longer - they are headquartered in Chicago, IL. They began in Washington State and then moved more than 10 years ago.

  5. Frank says – reply to this


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    This is all good. It demonstrates that no partial rights are ever satisfactory. The forces of evil, be they bigotry or corporate greed will find a way around them. We must have full, uncompromised rights and the Supreme Court will get this, eventually.

  6. Frank says – reply to this


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    Re: kandycane – Replying to: This means any two people could marry to collect benefits. So then what stops a man and a woman from marrying to collect benefits? The only solution that works for your logic is to end all benefits for everyone. Equal is equal.



  7. 7

    Why should butt pirates have the same status as normal people?

  8. Dominic Holden says – reply to this


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    This story was gripped without credit to the original source or the original article, which is copies liberally. Please credit The Stranger and link to the source:



  9. 9

    Perez : rumors do not always have a bit of truth in them. Idiot !

  10. Chutney says – reply to this


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    We are normal. Just like you. Don't believe me, here's some proof. This first link is from an American Medical Association resolution defining treatment and procedures for doctors treating GLBT patients.

    This link goes to an hour long presentation on the origin of sexual orientation. Here, you will find cold hard scientific evidence that gender identity and sexual identity are not the same.

    You will also find that gender is set in the brain very early in the development of a child and that it can not be changed. Gender does not always match the sex of the body.

  11. Chutney says – reply to this


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    Re: Mr. Strat – We are normal, just like you. Don't believe me, here's some proof. This first link is from an American Medical Association resolution defining treatment and procedures for doctors treating GLBT patients.

    This link goes to an hour long presentation on the origin of sexual orientation. Here, you will find cold hard scientific evidence that gender identity and sexual identity are not the same.

    You will also find that gender is set in the brain very early in the development of a child and that it can not be changed. Gender does not always match the sex of the body.

  12. Chutney says – reply to this


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    Re: Chutney – OOPS, this site blocks links that may or may not be viruses. This should work. They are3 both clean links to AMA articles, just add t's in place of the #'s.

    h##p://

    h##p://media01.commpartners.com/AMA/sexual_identity_jan_2011/index.html

  13. Chutney says – reply to this


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    Maybe this will work. these are thelinks to the articles I posted earlier without the header. They go to AMA health articles on the GLBT community.

    ama-assn.org/ama1/pub/upload/mm/471/114.doc

    media01.commpartners.com/AMA/sexual_identity_jan_2011/index.html

  14. OBUMER THE MAGICAL JIG says – reply to this


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    I WONDER WHATS ITS LIKE TO LICK THE FECES OFF YOUR LOVERS POLE ?



  15. 15

    This is not a gay issue or discrimination for that matter. This is simply a greedy company trying to SAVE money by exploiting a loophole that just happens to be about gays. It's not discrimination.



  16. 16

    This is why we Americans should not be ruled by business, as the so-called conservatives would like. It is indeed the job of the Federal government to protect our rights. Boeing found a loophole? Well let's close it! The SCOTUS can do that now. None of this state-by-state crap that just leads to stories like this one.