• Jan 4th 2008 at 8:01AM
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Gaywheels.com was started in 2005 and has since become a unique resource for GLBT auto enthusiasts and consumers. In addition to providing original content like interviews with gay members of the industry and, of course, vehicle reviews, the site maintains a list of gay-friendly automakers which provide domestic partner benefits to employees.

The newest member? BMW. While the automaker's MINI and Rolls-Royce divisions were already accounted for, the parent was omitted because of it maintained unfriendly policies at a US facility . That's over now. Beginning January 1, 2008, BMW joined the club when it officially began granting partner benefits to employees at its South Carolina assembly plant. BMW's inclusion on the gay-friendly list brings the total count of marques to 35, leaving out only 1. As a benefit of making the list, gaywheels.com will now endorse the German automaker.

[Source: Gaywheels.com]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      J M C 3- you seriously believe homosexuality is curable? All studies support that there is biological differences, and that ex-gay programs are terribly damaging to a person. To think that people still believe it is some sort of disease is sickening. When gays are treated equally in the future, you will be in the history books as the group of people who tried to keep a certain group of people repressed, just like people tried to keep slavery in, segregated schools, jewish people out of the country, etc. Open your mind.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes.It's curable.What biological difference?Where's the gene/chromosome? They can't find it.It's not there!Successful Ex-gay programs have uprooted the stored emotions and lies that propell this addiction/false identity.Speaking of repression, that's what homosexuality is-repressed emotion.Staying in homosexual addiction keeps the person from dealing with the real issue-the repressed emotion.Do you mean to say that someone who was neglected , beaten or sexually abused in childhood should go on in their homosexual addiction and pain?From my perspective You're in the dark ages.Not me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow. I can't even believe what you said. The American Psychological Association has been citing studies that find differences in the brain, and studies have been done on the x-gay camps. It's not a choice. You know what? Never mind. It's not even worth speaking to, it is so ridiculous what you just said.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm gay and love my BMW
      • 7 Years Ago
      There are many different sexual norms in the animal kingdom, don't for one second think humans have the answer to all. I can already see you sliding down the slippery slope of "If all humans were gay, humanity would end". Bees, Ants both have live in colonies of 1 reproducing member and thousands of non-reproducing members. Dolphins, flamingos, penguins, amongst many other, have all been shown to have homosexual relationships. Praying Mantis mate and then the female immediately kills the male.

      The human population is quite safe with 15%-20% not reproducing. However, many gays do have children both natural and those tossed aside by careless heterosexuals.

      Not allowing us gays to take care of our families, and we do have families, is inhuman, unloving, and un-christian.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Un-Christian, don't bring religion into this, as most of mainsteam ones do not support your gay lifestyle choice.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, maybe if the US didn't get its collective panties in a bunch about gay marriage this wouldn't be an issue.

      Regardless, most benefits plans (well, outside of the US at any rate) recognize domestic/common-law partnerships of a minimum length. Yes, people can scam this and extend benefits to roomates; they do this straight or gay.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So, if I'm following, then a key argument against same-sex relationships is that two men (or two women) can't procreate the old-fashioned way. I guess it's a shame that infertile men and women will have to be treated like second-class citizens as well, since their relationships clearly don't qualify as 'legitimate', either. Come to think of it, I guess even straight couples who choose not to have kids (the horror!) aren't legitimate, either, and I guess they don't deserve things like health benefits, either.

      JMC3: Substitute 'same sex relationships' with 'interracial relationships' in all these inane arguments and you'll hear the same scary stuff that was 'law' in this country forty years ago. And don't equate 'relationship' with 'behavior'. You don't choose who you fall in love with, but you do choose (whether you're straight or gay) to use handcuffs in those intimate situations.

      And, gosh, Publius--two whole years and you're still 'dating' your girlfriend? No joint bank account? No joint home ownership? Not living together? If not, no benefits for you...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Since none of the partners of the above list can legally give consent on a contract, then no it does not. *One of* the requirements is jointly owning a house together or jointly sharing a checking account. Since both situations require signing a contract and dead people/children/sheep cannot legally sign contracts, they are not eligible for partner benefits.

      But hey, this is a Democracy, if you want your brother's dead, baby, same sex, sheep to have the right to enter a legally binding contract so you can collect partner benefits for it, write a letter to your Senator.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, but when will they become S&M friendly, Swinger friendly, and Nudist friendly? My S&M Swinging Nudist friends still feel like second class citizens, and would like equal rights just like the rest of us.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Rocketboy, regardless of your sexuality, BMW cannot discriminate against you because you are into S&M, Swing or Nudism in your private time. As long as you do your job and follow common work place policies. None of those things are illegal.

        Let see if AFA takes on BMW.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Rocketboy: You're willfully ignoring the constraints placed on these domestic-partner benefits programs. In order to qualify for it for my company, we had to show that we'd been living together on a long-term basis, that we had joint financial arrangements (primary beneficiary of each others' life insurance policies, wills, etc.; joint checking accounts) and I had to sign an affidavit on which misrepresenting the situation is a termination offense.

        I don't have any objection to heterosexual couples being able to get the same benefits if they offer the same proof. In fact, I think that all marriages should be treated by the government as civil unions, the religious aspects of marriage being an issue for the church, not the state. That would result in the tax treatment for my partner's benefits being the same as for a heterosexual with similar benefits, and be completely fair.

        As to your nitpicking about whether or not I can "get married", if you'd bothered to read my statement, I said I can't legally marry MY PARTNER. We've been together 9 years now, I'm not going to suddenly abandon the most important relationship of my adult life to to marry a woman I don't love so that we fit into your definition of what constitutes a family.
        • 7 Years Ago
        DKB.. Which is why I am in full support of two adults being able to enter in a a marriage-like financial contract. This would be useful for both same-sex couples, or even elderly blood-relatives that are living together. But to say that you "cannot" get married is an incorrect statment. You cannot get married to someone of the same sex, yes, just like you're not going to have much luck being a male Hooters waiter. Now to allow co-habitating benifits to same sex couples only, that's discrimination.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Calm down. "You're willfully ignoring the constraints placed on these domestic-partner benefits programs" Am I? I don't work where you work. You'll have to forgive my ignorance of your work's policies. And they SHOULD open up the policy for different-sex couples. Also, you just made a large portion of my argument. I'm FOR "Civil Unions". I'm not FOR changing the description of what constitutes a Marriage. Freakin relax. We actually agree on most of the points.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Little different. Not that there is anything wrong with the lifestyle in my view, but how can you claim your clique of however many people as co-dependants (family/spouse)

        I think alot of the rules against unorthadox relationships is just that they are confused how to fairly respond to needs.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Way to turn your argument into a slippery slope.

        There's plenty of reasons why your "sexual arrangements" aren't the same as a long term relationship between two people of the same sex, but no point in arguing this in an automotive blog. In short, having sex isn't the only qualification for obtaining benefits for your significant other, so your point is moot.

        Good for BMW for finally offering this, Honda/Acura needs to be next.
      • 7 Years Ago
      LOL @ the OSHA statement. Or even worse, getting your bits caught in a press or belt! But seriously, All these groups that say dont buy or buy because they do or don't support a lifestyles have no impact on what I buy. Yes everyone should be treated fairly but the product is what I look at first.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anybody ever seen "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry"? That's the first thing I thought of when I read this. lol
      • 7 Years Ago
      Geo: to answer your question, the same thing that would happen when Patrick and Geraldine get a divorce--which I suspect varies from company to company. Here are my company's guidelines:

      - Be the same sex
      - Have shared a continuous committed relationship for no less than six months, intend to do so indefinitely, not be married to any other person and have no such domestic artner relationship with any other person
      - Be jointly responsible for each other’s welfare and financial obligations
      - Reside in the same household
      - Reside in a state where marriage between persons of the same sex is not recognized as valid under law
      - Not be related by blood to a degree of kinship that would prevent marriage from being recognized under law

      Sorry--your brother's not eligible.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What cretins some of you are. (No offense to the people of Crete. LOL)

      Why not just give gay people marriage rights and get it over with? Shouldn't they have the same shot at unhappiness ;) we strait people have?

      I had a few friends in college who grew up in stable gay households, one of them even said, "I had a mom and a dad." (BTW she was raised by two lesbians and went on to be married to a man.)

      Plus I would find it pretty hilarious if they had a lower divorce rate than the hetero population.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's true.Gay rights are special rights,based on behavior not equality.Being black, white,asian etc is not a behavior.So in selecting "gay" and it's many abberations(transsexual,transgender,lesbian,male gay,) to enjoy exclusive rights based on behavior is elitist.By rights, if this behavior is codified,other unions based on emotional/sexual codependancy must also be recognized.A slippery slope sociologically,but moreover for the auto manufacturer, untimately a costly one ,as special inetrest groups see an open door to shake down western manufacturers.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sociologically speaking ,it is a "slippery slope" when the criteria for domestic partner benefits goes from being elitist to being open to any and all forms of relationship.The courts,for example,and the laws of a country are then obligated to recognize these unions based on whatever behavior.There's an example.
        • 7 Years Ago
        In that case, isn't getting benefits for your spouse in a heterosexual marriage, behavioral based 'special rights'?

        I mean... you chose to get married right?

        How it is 'elitist' to want the same rights?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I live in the South and I can tell you there are plenty of bigots down here that think Black, Asian, Latin etc, is as much about behavior as skin color. If you only classify gays by behavior - I commend you on being marginally enlightened.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Being black, white,asian etc is not a behavior."

        Neither is homosexuality, according to most credible scientific sources. It's a trait, like race, that people do not choose. It's also seen in the animal kingdom.

        Of course, people will find all sorts of reasons, many endorsed by religion, to "hate" homosexuality. Sad, really.
        • 7 Years Ago
        So... if children do best to grow up in families....how is it helping when you try to prevent the legal procections afforded to a family from going to two gay men with a child? Who are you hurting most? The gay men... or the child? While I don't agree with the idea that heterosexual couples are a better family situation than heterosexual couples, even if you do believe that, then two parents regardless of gender is better than 1 parent is better than no parents.

        What BMW has done here is recognize that it's employees perform best, and it can successfully hire from a broader pool of employees, when it helps to protect the family of the employees from sickness and financial harm regardless of the genders of the family members.

        It's an economic position and nothing more.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Homosexuality is a behavior which is propelled by undealt with stored emotion and held in by lies.It attaches to the sex drive and tampers with the identity.People can come out of homosexuality and do.The popular opinion that is is a trait is not proven.Homosexual activists lobbied(kind word)the AMA to remove it from the list of emotional disorders.So many feel that gives them justification.To disagree with gay activism is not to hate or be homophobic.That argument is just a form of censorship
        • 7 Years Ago
        As a gay male, I sure would have never chose to be gay. say what you want, but why would people choose to be gay and face living without rights, face opposition, face discrimination, even dangerous situations and being shot or beat to death? Who would choose that?

        And how the hell are they special rights when you are entitled to them but I'm not? Please tell me how when you get them, it is the law, but I get them and it's special?
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