Washington’s same-sex marriage victory is less than a month old, yet one disturbing report claims that one of the state’s most high-profile corporations plans to deny pension survivor benefits to same-sex married couples despite the legislation.
The Stranger cites Ray Goforth, the executive director of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001, who alleged that officials for the Boeing Company have “no intention of granting pension survivor benefits to legally married same-sex couples because they didn’t have to.”
Goforth, who reportedly heard the information during a retirement benefits talk, said representatives of the aerospace giant told him that as pensions are governed by federal law (which doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage), state law should have no impact on such benefits. “We were profoundly disappointed to see that they would use a loophole to engage in institutionalized discrimination,” he says.
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