Thirteen years after it broke ground by becoming one of the first large corporations in the US offering benefits to same-sex couples, General Motors made more trailblazing news this week when it said it will begin treating same-sex couples as married, even if they live in a state that doesn't allow gay marriage.

The policy will level the playing field for gay couples, who still had to jump through some hurdles even with GM's more equitable plan. Couples could access those benefits with an affidavit stating the relationship had existed at least six months and both parties shared expenses. GM spokesman Joe LaMuraglia says that while the domestic partnership plan was put in place to reduce inequality, it was still flawed.

"The federal government didn't recognize the marriages, so they viewed it as imputed income," LaMuraglia told Autoblog. "They'd be taxed on the federal level by about $1,000. It would cost the same-sex couple more."

GM's move was made easier by a decision last month by the Internal Revenue Service, which announced it will begin accepting jointly filed tax returns from legally married same-sex couples even if the state they live in doesn't allow gay marriage. For GM employees, they will no longer be penalized financially for taking those benefits from the company. Legally married gay couples will now be able to list their same-sex partners as beneficiaries of pensions, savings and health care plans. And they won't have to pay the $1,000 or so tax on those domestic partnership benefits.

The move could force some fence-sitting couples to decide on whether or not they want to tie the knot: employees living in states that have legalized gay marriage have a year to get officially married to keep their partner's benefits. Couples who live in states that have not legalized gay marriage can still access domestic partnership benefits.

According to the 2013 Corporate Equality Index released by the Human Right Campaign the automaker already scored a perfect 100 and is considered one of the best places to work for LGBT people. Fellow Big Three automakers Ford and Chrysler also earned perfect scores.


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      Broady Cats
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm against gay marriage. It's a sin and your going to hell for it. This world is effed up and going to get more effed it. It must be the end of the world or something.
        JDF
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Broady Cats
        Then you people need to stop having gay babies. Whats it matter to you who is going to hell or not maybe you should worry bout yourself and not others on if they go to hell or not.
        Tribesman2004
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Broady Cats
        You should drink the kool-aid now. Go ahead, the rest of us will be right behind you.
        Jesus!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Broady Cats
        Well broady lets not go that far. God loves all people and homosexuality is not easy to deal with. It is a sin, however, per the bible the only way to hell is by not accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and the unforgivable sin, which is to speak against the Holy Spirit. Now thats not to say life will not be a miserable living hell, but when people get so far into a sin its hard for them to tell what its really doing to them. Just gotta pray for people man, its a tough world we live in.
          Carpinions
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
          Ya, that's the ticket. Keep praying. That's worked so well so far. Nothing like chanting things to make perceived problems go away...
          traction_control
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
          Oh please! Save yourself. The bible says being gay is a sin? Then why is it okay for a man to have more than one wife in the bible? Abraham had at least 2 at the same time. Solomon had up to 700, not including his 300 concubines. The scriptures never frowned upon that or called it a sin. But being gay is? The men who wrote the bible were full of ****.
          scocrmch
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
          I believe you are committing a sin by taking the name of the Lord in vain? So go pray for yourself.
      Cody
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, not buying a GM vehicle now. Lol. I don't hate "gays" I just don't like homosexuality. Love the sinner, hate the sin. :)
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cody
        Well, Cody, don't buy a Ford, either. Or a Toyota, or a Honda, or a Chrysler or a VW or ANY car, because they all have policies about LBGT employees. Lol at that.
      Bryan Rex
      • 1 Year Ago
      Government Motors for ya... liberal *****
        Michael
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bryan Rex
        Things I learn: human rights are a liberal idea.
        William Flesher
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bryan Rex
        You have no clue what an embarrassment you are to thoughtful and compassionate conservatives. There are less and less of you everyday, so it comes as no surprise that you feel angry and threatened enough to spout irrelevant nonsense.
          Jesus!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @William Flesher
          I wouldnt be so passionate about being a liberal. Your leader Hussein is a lying, America hating muslim that has no clue as to what he is doing. Hows that new healthcare act working for ya?
          Carpinions
          • 1 Year Ago
          @William Flesher
          Ah, the tin-hat crazy reveals itself for what it is. Don't mind us "liberal name callers" ignoring your I'm-not-a-name-caller-but-Hussein-Obama's-a-Muslim! ass, Jesus!.
        Tribesman2004
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bryan Rex
        At least they aren't some uptight conservative ass who thinks everyone should be just like them.
          Carpinions
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tribesman2004
          Jesus, the man who said you'll roast in eternal fire unless you follow me? Seems like a pretty accepting kind of guy...
        Brent Jatko
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bryan Rex
        Human rights have always been a liberal cause; liberals are in favor of expanding rights, and some (not all) conservatives think discrimination based upon sexual orientation is just fine.
      Jmaister
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please focus on car making GM.
      crazybetsy2
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM must be really desperate to move products to stoop to such a debased level.
        flammablewater
        • 1 Year Ago
        @crazybetsy2
        The clothes you are wearing, the computer, operating system and browser you're using to type this, and the car you drive all come from companies with the same policies. Because that's the way the world should work.
      mawhalen53
      • 1 Year Ago
      Basic human rights - hopefully other companies will follow GM's lead.
        Billy Farmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mawhalen53
        I am with ya . Though I gotto say I love that blue chevy silverado at sema .. nah but for real it don't matter as it dont hurt me one bit so I am cool with it, and i ain't going say no cause it dont effect me one way or another and i am cool with who I am to not be threaten by this.
          Bryan Rex
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Billy Farmer
          What a lame jab.. you think i'm threatened by gays? It is a sin and the Government should not be ENABLERS to that sin...
          Bryan Rex
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Billy Farmer
          Besides, where you think that magic money comes from that pays for those same-sex partner benefits? Anyone that buys a GM pays for it.. no matter their political or religious views... It is no surprise though that Obama's car company is leading the way with sin.
          Jesus!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Billy Farmer
          Bryan you know as well as I do that all we can do is spread Gods word, love people, and pray. The writing is in the Bible, you and I both know our nation will fall. Its just like stories in the bible where if people would just stop and look around they would see the disaster they have become. It always amazed me how the answers and the consequences were right in front of people, yet they did nothing. We are now living it, just like they did back then. Thank God I at least live in Texas.
          Carpinions
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Billy Farmer
          Hey Bryan, the money comes from EVERYONE in the society, not just the minority of anti-homosexual bigots like yourself. To use one of the favorite conservative lines of thought, if you don't like it, find somewhere else to live.
        Bryan Rex
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mawhalen53
        NO.. it is not a basic right to be mentally ill / gay.. this is rediculous
      Car Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Marriage is between a man and woman. Been that way in every culture since the beginning of time. So now that's supposed to change because in the past 10 years some soft headed people think it's 'intolerant'? A definition is a definition.
        Scott Bland
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Car Guy
        Check your bible Car Guy - it's filled with polygamy, incest, and rampant use of concubines among "gods people". The idea of a marriage between only two people is a very modem concept. Knowledge is power
        Justin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Car Guy
        Wrong, there were even Catholic weddings performed in the church between two men. This was normal in Greek, Roman and early Catholic history. It took one Pope to declare that weddings should only be performed for the purposes of reproduction that changed that.
        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Car Guy
        That's not true-in some Native tribes it was possible to marry Two spirits. I have heard cases of it in Africa as well.
        Stirling Matheson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Car Guy
        FYI: Many native American cultures allowed gay men and women to adopt the role of the opposite gender in society and to marry the same sex. Sorry to burst your narrative.
          Teleny411
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Stirling Matheson
          Two Spirit people-Ramon Guttierrez, "When Jesus came the Corn Mothers went Away" explores this theme of earlier cultures displaced (often forcibly) by Christianity.
        Sir Duke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Car Guy
        Dude, been married to a woman for 25 years, 3 beautiful kids. In my house, marriage is between me and my wife. In someone else's house, its THEIR business. It's not about intolerance, it about EQUALITY, its about ECONOMICS. Marriage is about more than just the "I Do(s)" and whatever form of sex people choose to engage in. Its about death benefits, next of kin status, its about military benefits for your spouse, its about who is entitled what in estate settlements. You religious need to get over yourselves, it not about you or your archaic and moronic beliefs.
          Car Guy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sir Duke
          You are too dim to see it cheapens all real marriages.
          Sir Duke
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sir Duke
          I meant to say religious ZEALOTS.
          Neez
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sir Duke
          That's why they have civil unions. Marriage has always historically and by definition been between a man and a woman as a means to start a family, to create and raise children . In most cultures of the past it was a means to unite 2 families in an effort to grow your "house", or clan and tribe bigger. Can't really do any of that with a gay marriage, you sort of get together and that's it. That branch dies with them, it doesn't grow. If you want to define a homosexual relationship as a marriage, then it literally ignores many of the reasons to get married for growing a family. It really does cheapen a traditional marriage. Redefining marriage just for benefits is stupid. You want to change thousands of years of society for a few tax breaks and benefits?? Why do the gays want what straights have anyways??? They're doing their own thing anyways, why not create their own type of relationship, and if they want it legally recognized, just use their own name for it. "Civil Union". I think most people opposing gay marriage for religious or even non-religious reasons do it because they fear a slippery slope breakdown in society. Divorce is at an all time high, and people just aren't taking marriage seriously any more. Now people want to get married just for benefits, leaving family out of the equation? And no, i'm not religious and i don't go to church, thanks for making assumptions.
        Cool Disco Dan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Car Guy
        Actually thats not true.
      Jesus!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thats a little much GM.
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sad to say but I'm actually surprised at all the pro equality comments. A good sign indeed that the shackles of bigotry and hate in the world is diminishing.
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        Stirling Matheson
        • 1 Year Ago
        I'm sorry that the American Revolution was fought partially so that we would all be free from religious taboos from religions we don't practice.
        Jason
        • 1 Year Ago
        I know you're just a troll, but Those boots are made for walking and thats just what you'll do, since most major companies have same-sex benefits now.
      Jesus!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ok why are downvotes turning into upvotes? Oh thats right, Autoblog is owned by aol.
        Smilez1105
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesus!
        Just stop typing! You have dug yourself a hole that could swallow the coliseum just on this one article. You realize you're logged in with AOL, right? Just amazing.
          Jesus!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Smilez1105
          Its an ancient aol account and im in no hole my friend. The Lord pulled me out of the mire years ago.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesus!
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        Niels Marienlund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesus!
        Hey, Jesus, posting more and more in response to people rightfully chewing you out doesn't make you correct. Nobody really cares what you think. You're just a coward who's trying to stand your ground in a losing battle. I mean, you flame somebody for name-calling and then you judge them much in the same way? Says a lot about you. Seriously, go away.
          Niels Marienlund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Niels Marienlund
          You're a coward because you're so scared of dying, that you arbitrarily chose to follow a dogmatic belief system built on fables and lies - none of which are factual or proven - in an effort to feel better about the inevitability of your own death. Simultaneously, you associate yourself, also arbitrarily, with the social opinions of your peers in the name of your religion. As a result, you're scared of change. Scared because it goes against one part - out of many - of what an ancient anthology written to control the masses states. You also arbitrarily choose to ignore the other actions the Bible states are sinful. This whole topic shouldn't even be about religion, but frankly, people like you make it. Your "god" creates humans with "original sin" and subsequently kills many of them for sinning. Then he impregnates a woman with himself so that he could be born, and then later chose to get hung to save everyone from the sin he gave them in the first place? I mean, if a long-haired liberal Jew ran for president, would you vote for him? Hell no, you wouldn't. So much for loving Jesus. But hey, you have a right to believe that BS. More power to you for being stupid enough to fall into that trap and still know how to breathe on your own. For the record, people on the political left probably wouldn't be so nasty to folks like you if you didn't try to control what isn't your own business. What the hell does gay marriage and benefits for same-sex couples have to do with you anyway? Nothing. Shut up and move on. Your ideology is dying, and your social views are rapidly becoming archaic.
          Jesus!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Niels Marienlund
          Im a coward because im on here making posts? How am I a coward? And sorry im not going anywhere. This is America, or would you like freedom of speech taken away as well? Should I be silenced like others in a third world country? Maybe you are upset because you know I am right.
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Niels Marienlund
          @ Jesus! While I disagree with your views on gay people, I must side with you on being able to express your views openly. It's so funny to me how liberals are self-proclaimed gods of equality and so forth, yet try to silence anybody who disagrees with them on a given issue. And calling you a coward is also stupid, there is nothing cowardly about your posts.
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