Walmart has been under fire lately for offering employee low wages and reduced employee benefits.
One report from USA Today on Aug. 27 explains a positive change. The large chain store is now reporting they will soon start to offer benefits to same-sex couples.
It has become painfully obvious same-sex partners are suffering when it comes to insurance benefits, tax breaks, and a myriad of privileges afforded to straight couples.
If Walmart is true to their word, they will join companies such as Home Depot and Starbucks who already offer gay and lesbian couples employee benefits.
The Supreme Court decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) earlier this year is at the heart of Walmart’s decision to begin offering same-sex couples benefits as employees in their chains across the country.
DOMA was legislature aimed at defining marriage as an institution solely between a man and a woman - a law seen in the gay and lesbian community as one that went against equality and gay rights in the United States.
USA Today explains Walmart already offers benefits to couples in domestic partnerships. The new changes would mean that same-sex couples legally married in U.S. states where their marriage is recognized will be afforded the same benefits as straight couples.
How do you think this benefit for employees in same-sex marriages working in Walmarts across the United States will react to this change? Could this be another step in the right direction for gay rights in the U.S.?
Sources: USA Today, Gay Star News