Saturday, July 08, 2006

Memo to homosexual Boston Globe employees:

Get married or lose your benefits.

Globe staffers have been told that health and dental benefits for gay employees' domestic partners are being discontinued. Gay couples who want to keep their benefits must marry by Jan. 1.

(Source: The Boston Herald, Saturday, July 8, 2006, and sorry but I think subscription is's part of the story, anyway)
A memo sent to the GlobeÂ’s Boston Newspaper Guild members, and obtained by the Herald, states that Massachusetts gay Guild employees can extend their benefits to their partners only if they marry.
“An employee who currently covers a same-sex domestic partner as a dependent will have to marry his or her partner by Jan. 1 for the employee benefits coverage to continue at the employee rates,” the memo states.
The policy change at the Globe, which devotes extensive coverage to gay issues, opens a new can of worms in the Bay State as employers rethink their domestic partner benefits in the wake of the legalization of gay marriage in 2004.

Evidently, the lawyers are afraid of discrimination lawsuits filed by heterosexual employees who live together but are not married (and do not receive the benefits homosexual couples currently receive.) But I think there's another problem.

The Globe may be in a bit of a snit.

I don't have the documentation, but it's my guess that, despite gargantuantuan efforts of the publication to force homosexual marriage down everybody's throats, there seems to be a bit of a snag.

Homosexuals aren't getting "married" in droves. How dare they refuse the alms offered on their behalf???

Reminds me of an Agatha Christie character.

Her name, if I remember correctly, is Mrs. Hartnell. I'm paraphrasing, but her description was something like:

"Mrs. Hartnell is indefatigably devoted to The Poor, however much the later try to avoid her ministrations."